As Alexander approaches Maria, a look of distaste touches her face and her elven lover/bodyguard blocks his approach, but Maria waves her off allowing him to approach.
“I only wish to express my apologies for my boorish behaviour aboard El Orgullo de Barcino. My superstitions and fear got the better of me and and caused me to utter statements unbecoming of a gentleman. I wish to make amends for my dishonourable conduct. I consider it to be an obligation. To begin with i would like your permission to suggest the renaming of the newly capture pirate ship to the Santa Maria in recognition of your gallant defence against the attacking pirates. Actions which no doubt helped turn the tide of the battle early on. Renaming the ship to the Santa Maria will no doubt cause Francisco some consternation, but even he must appreciate your significant contributions to this voyage.”
Maria glares at the merchant, a look of suspicion narrowing her brown eyes. After studying the Vendel man for a long moment, she glances toward Siobhan, one eyebrow arched in question. The elven woman’s scowl does not change, but she nods slightly, her eyes never leaving the man’s face. Maria takes a deep breath and returns her attention to Alexander.
’Thank you, Senõr McDùgal. I accept your apologies and will endeavor to give you the benefit of the doubt from now on. However, I would suggest that your choice of traveling companions is undermining your attempts to be the gentleman and distancing yourself from that boorish fraud, Francisco, would increase my estimation of you immensely. “Sustineo fatuus et stultus est praevisos”
‘As to the naming of the ship, I am flattered by your praise and the suggestion. And while Francisco’s annoyance is appealing, I care not in the least about his appreciation of my contributions. Captain Mason is a gentleman, and if he wishes to name the ship in this manner, I would be honoured. However, given the unknown fate of his fiancée, he may have other motivations in picking a name.
‘Now, if you will excuse me, Siobhan and I have rather urgent business in Kanuba. Thank you for your visit.’
Assuming she agrees, Alexander sits down with the injured George Mason.
“I understand we need a new name for La Rose Noir, might i suggest the Santa Maria in honour of the niece of the patron of this voyage. She did conduct herself most gallantly, and for some unknown reason, the name Santa Maria seems like the right name for a ship heading to the new world.”