For this weeks Flash! Friday prompt we had to incorporate the theme of arrogance into a story about the following picture:

Marooned, by Howard Pyle, 1909. Public Domain.

Marooned, by Howard Pyle, 1909. Public Domain.

Hook, line and sinker

“What did ye call me?”
I choose my next words carefully. This requires a delicate touch, “I said you are a pathetic excuse for a Captain, possessed with the winning personality of a pubic louse and the pungent aroma of a dolphins pantaloons.” Nailed it.
He’s making that face where his beard twitches uncontrollably. This entire plan hinges on me not being worth the effort to stab.
“How would ye like to be the captain of yer very own island?”
Hook, line and sinker, “No please no, have mercy!” I even shed a tear, this is an oscar worthy performance.
“Marooned it is. Set a course for Dead Mans Island.”

There’s just one island for miles, and you can only get to it with a ship far larger than I could afford to hire. As they throw me overboard I wonder where the treasure is buried. I’ve got plenty of time to look for it once these morons are out of the way. I can hardly believe how easily I outwitted them!

As the ship sails away the Captain chuckles to his crew, “Another fool after that treasure we found last year. When will they learn!”