Rachael Morgan deserved a good, long vacation and traveled to the Florida Keys. After working so hard over the holidays at the office, she earned plenty of cash to use for her trip. She wanted to go somewhere warm and sunny, a change from the cold, hard winter in Cincinnati. Rachael also wanted to get away from her jerk ex-boyfriend Jack, who she dumped because he wasn't romantic, took her love for granted, their lovemaking was too routine, and their relationship had been in a rut. She got into her rental car and drove to her hotel room at the Coconut Beach Resort. Her room had a balcony with a very amazing view of the beach and the turquoise-colored waters. It was very much paradise to her. Rachael then unpacked her things and got herself ready to go out.
Rachael went out for a walk along the streets of Key West for some sightseeing and some shopping. She went inside the Pirate Soul Museum and checked it out for herself. She got a good look at the various exhibits and artifacts about the pirates that lived in Florida over 300 years ago. Then, she looked at this portrait of a tall, dark, and handsome pirate. He had medium-length dark hair, a trimmed goatee, and dark brown eyes. He wore a white shirt with blue buttoned coat, black pants and boots. His name was Captain Raphael Fernando Frederico Natoli. As she read the information on him underneath the painting, Rachael overheard one of the curators talked to a group of tourists on a tour.
"Captain Natoli and his pirate crew of 150 would rob from very wealthy people. Aside from being a ruthless pirate, he was also a romantic gentleman as well." The curator said.
Rachael then overheard some other tourists tell about one of his encounters.
"I read somewhere that Capt. Natoli had robbed a rich Navy captain's house while he was in battle. While Capt. Natoli's crew ransacked the mansion for gold and jewels, he meets a woman who was the family's upstairs maid, seduced and romanced her. Heard he was very good in bed and the maid would then later become the love of his life. He even left her a romantic, handwritten note on her bed on the morning after." One of the tourists spoke.
Wow, a pirate who's a gentleman, a bad boy, and a romantic all in one. Sounds intriguing. Rachael thought to herself.
The other tourist said, "I heard his old beachside mansion, the now historic inn/bed-and-breakfast, is haunted. But I don't know that for sure."
After a very interesting visit to the pirate museum, Rachael did a little shopping before going to the beach. She changed from her lime green camisole and white shorts and into her new brown and turquoise one-piece halter swimsuit. She also had a turquoise and silver necklace on her neck, a brown wide-brimmed hat on her head, and brown canvas espadrilles on her perfectly manicured feet. While out in the sun, she searched for seashells, jumped at the waves, and got wet. She had fun though as did a lot of other folks at the beach.
"Excuse me, I couldn't help but notice your radiant beauty." A male voice said behind her.
Rachael looked up and there stood a tall, dark-haired man with a muscled chest, wearing a nothing but a pair of white drawstring jeans.
"I'm very flattered by your compliment. Thanks." Rachael said to him as she studied his facial features. Then, she briefly compared his face to that of Captain Natoli.
"My name's Ronaldo. What's your name?" He said as he kissed her hand.
"I'm Rachael. I'm just here in the Florida Keys on vacation and needed a change of scenery." Rachael replied.
She noticed that both Ronaldo and the pirate have the same facial features, eyes, facial hair, and all.
"Where are you originally from, Rachael?" He asked as pulled her up and they walked along the beach.
"I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio. Do you live here in Key West?" Rachael asked him.
"I'm from Miami, but Key West is my second home." Ronaldo replied.
"Your face reminds me of someone. You remind me of this pirate I heard about over at the pirate museum." Rachael said to him.
"You mean Captain Natoli? I get that a lot! I often dress like him in the annual Pirates Festival over in Key Largo." Ronaldo said with a smile.
"That's amazing!" Rachael happily exclaimed.
After having a fun-filled first day in Key West, Ronaldo walked Rachael to her hotel room at the resort. He looked forward to seeing her tonight. Rachael got herself cleaned up and went to Hurricane Joe's Bar and Seafood Grill for dinner. She enjoyed the delicious steak and seafood and had a slice of key lime pie for dessert. She came back to the hotel after dinner. She slipped on a white satin babydoll set with white lace on the sides. The babydoll hugged her womanly curves just right. She then heard three knocks on her door.
She opened the door and there was Ronaldo in full pirate costume, just like the one Capt. Natoli wore in the painting.
"Ronaldo? Is that you?" Rachael asked.
She thought she saw the ghost of Capt. Natoli, but then again ghosts don't knock on the door or even show up before midnight.
"Yes it is, my lovely Rachael." Ronaldo said as she let him in her room.
Rachael had to pinch herself to see if she was dreaming. She wasn't dreamed and when she reached to his face, he was all real.
"You look very handsome, Ronaldo." Rachael said to him.
"Thank you. I wanted to try out my pirate costume for the Pirates Festival which isn't until October. Have you ever fantasized about being romanced by a pirate?" Ronaldo said.
"Not unless if I was reading a historical romance novel involving a pirate." Rachael answered.