8 years earlier John looked with wonder at the ship. He had wished to travel around the world and now he might have the chance. It was a pirate ship, and he wanted to join them. They were in need of new crew members, and they were probably desperate enough to even take a 15 year old inexperienced male with them. And he was right. He had asked his best friend to come with them, but he pleaded in vain. His friend didn't dare to take such a step into the unknown. It crushed his heart to be separated from the person he had been with his whole life, but there was no future for him there. He was an orphan and had no education, he lived on whatever job he could find at that age. He didn't know if he would stay with the pirates, maybe he could find something better along the way. But at the moment it was better than staying where he was. He said farewell to his friend and left. Present time: It had been 8 long years since John had seen the chore of Illion, his hometown. And now finally he was back. At least for the next few hours. There had been no reason for the ship to return before, since it wasn't a big town where they could earn money from the things they had stolen, or gotten in treasure hunting. There still wasn't much of a reason, but John had been able to find a buyer that were willing to collect his items in Illion. As the captain of the ship, he could just have ordered his men to take them to Illion without a reason, but if he did such a thing they would eventually question if he had the right to be their captain. He had already gone through an awful period where they hadn't accepted him, and he didn't want to go back to those times. At that time he had the right amount of the men on his side for mutiny to not erupt, but there had been some poisoning attempts by those who was opposed to him being their leader, and some had left the ship after a couple of months. Now when he had all the men on his side, he couldn't do anything to make them doubt him. Though today he would let himself go a little bit. He hoped to see someone he hadn't seen for years. He didn't even know if his childhood friend still lived in town or not, what if he was gone? Would they even recognize each other? They both must have grown a lot since the time John joined the ship. As the ship took its place in the dock, John hurried off the ship onto land. " Look after the ship while I'm gone. Make sure everything goes smoothly. " John ordered one of his men. "Where are you heading off to?" The man asked. " Anywhere but here. " He answered and left. He strolled through the city, trying to see if he could remember any faces or people. He couldn't recognize anyone. Not because he had cared much for the towns people when he had lived there. There was only one he thought he actually would be able to remember if he saw him.