A/N: This is part of a random series of shorts I occasionally write based on this one team of heroes called the Alpha Pack, often with them just in very random crazy situations. This one features the team's captain, Harry, a very powerful celestial, Vankous, the team's designated sorcerer who happens to be extremely good at his job, Winn, the teams interdimensional teleportation expert who's also well versed in the control and manipulation of ice and James, who's one of the teams two technical experts.
"Aaaaaarghhh," said James, as the stupid chains he was tied up in pricked him on the arm yet another time. This was really starting to get annoying. He was currently chained to the wall of the largest cell inside a pirate ship called "The Pillager". It wasn't a particularly catchy name. Apparently pirates were quite bad when it came to naming things. The cell he was in was quite unsanitary too, the floor looking like it had a good decade's worth of rubbish all piled up in there. Pirates were also quite bad at cleaning.
Three sides of the cell was surrounded in rusted iron bars and the one wall, which was the one he was chained to was made of rotting oak wood, with just a tiny porthole to provide some light to the place, thanks to it currently being somewhere around noon outside or at least it had been around noon when they'd been locked down here. That had been at least a couple of hours ago.
In the darkness, he couldn't make out anything beyond his cell, it was all a dark and very smelly void. Inside the cell however, he could make out the chained up forms of his three teammates. They didn't look nearly as annoyed as he did, which annoyed him even further.
"Khaos, quit whining please," said Vankous, "we'll be out of here really soon."
James huffed. (Khaos was his code name) "Easy for you to say Cerebro (Vankous' code name), you're not even touching these stupid chains."
"Magic is useful," said Vankous, "I can't do anything about that."
"You could've cast the same spell on me," said James.
"But what's the fun in that?" said Vankous.
"Oh jeez you two," said Winn, (code name Icycle), "can you stay five minutes without starting a new argument. I swear you two argue more than the stupid pirates that brought us down here."
"Oh please, we don't argue that much," shot back Vankous.
"I sense the beginning of yet another argument, "chimed in Harry (code name The Darkness). "So I suggest you all shut up, and we wait for the signal quietly."
"But it's boring," said Vankous, "arguing is the only way to pass the time in this stupid prison."
"Dude, it's a brig, not a prison," said Harry.
"Wait, isn't brig a type of ship?" asked Winn.
"Yes, but it's also the term for a prison on a warship," said Harry.
"Now look who's arguing, " said Vankous.
"He's not wrong," said James.
"Okay, everyone shut up," said Harry, "we have literally less than a minute now. I want complete silence."
"Good luck with that on a pirate ship out at sea," said Vankous.
"Shush," said Harry.
James shook his head as silence fell over them once again. They'd soon be out of the the stupid prison or brig or whatever it was called. Why they had all voted yes to the stupid plan where they all had to be captured by the pirates was beyond him. He was never going to agree to a get captured and attack from the inside plan ever again.
"Okay, slowly get out of your chains in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, now," ordered Harry as he stepped away from the wall as if the chains weren't even there, the wrought iron tearing like tissue paper in his hands as he took off his cuffs. Vankous was concentrating and soon the chains were unlocking and flying off of him.
Ice was rapidly spreading across Winn's chains and soon he was breaking his way out as the freezing caused the iron to crack and deform. James however, was still chained owing to the small fact that he didn't have any powers.
"You guys mind?" he said, raising his eyebrows.
"Oh, whoops, sorry," said Harry as he walked towards him. Harry quickly ripped the chains off of him and James landed on the floor in a heap. He got up and massaged his joints, trying to get blood to flow back into them.
"Let's move," said Harry.
"Wait a minute," said James, "some of us are human and actually need a breather after being chained up for two hours."
"I meant, let's take five everybody, and then we shall storm the deck," said Harry.
"So, we're actually just gonna storm the deck and improvise?" asked Winn, "no other details to the plan whatsoever?"
"How many missions are you going to be a part of before you realize we never have a plan of escape besides just improvising?" said Vankous, "get with the program already."
"Well...as long as I don't end up inside a bathroom or something," said Winn, with a chuckle.
Harry and Vankous exchanged a concerned look.
"Noted," chorused the two, a little too fast.
It was time for James and Winn to exchange a look.
"That was strange," said Winn.
"Let's not worry about it too much," said James with a shrug.