Shiver me timbers,” shouted Hook as, once again, Peter Pan eluded his grasp.

“Shiver me what?” teased Pan. “What timbers? Where?”

“You know,” said Hook. “Timbers. Like … I don’t know … the timbers on a roof. What do I know about wood? I’m a pirate, not a contractor!”

For a brief, confusing moment, Hook saw a mental image of himself. Contractor in a lovely, rather rural village. Overcharging customers. Taking his own, sweet time getting the job finished. A couple of assistants he could treat as slaves. Children and a wife to bully. Maybe piracy could be a land-based industry …

Nah. Too complicated. Besides, he already had a ship …


“Well,” teased Pan, “If you’re going to talk about timbers, you should at least know what you’re talking about.” Pan darted away and perched high in the rigging. Hook could hear the boy’s laughter and the soft bell-like sound of Tinkerbell’s merriment.

“Damned that fairy,” he muttered. “Someday I’ll get her. And that annoying lad. Just you wait … ”

But Pan and Tinkerbell were already gone. All that remained was a hint of sparkling pixie-dust falling slowly through the salty sea air.


  1. draliman July 30, 2017 / 3:06 am

    Aw, even Hook has dreams of a “better” life.


  2. lwbut July 30, 2017 / 7:54 am

    It’s not International Talk Like A Pirate Day already – is it?? 🙂



    • Marilyn Armstrong July 30, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      I think you can actually implement that on Facebook. I did it once, but I couldn’t understand anything I wrote, so I went back to regular English.

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  3. swo8 July 30, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I was going to say – Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum, but I don’t think it fits here.


    • Marilyn Armstrong July 30, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      I think I wrote this because I thought of the phrase “shiver me timbers” and I wondered what timbers had to do with it. I’m sure it must have something to do with the construction of the ship, but I don’t know how or what. Other people can drink rum. I’m good with other people drinking. Just not us.

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      • swo8 July 30, 2017 / 7:38 pm

        I would have thought that it was the timbers in the ship too.

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  4. Emilio Pasquale July 31, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    The phrase is based on real nautical slang and is a reference to the timbers, which are the wooden support frames of a sailing ship. In heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to “shiver” the timbers, startling the sailors. (Wikipedia)


    • Marilyn Armstrong July 31, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Ask a question, you get an answer. I figured something along those lines. I didn’t know about the “shivering” part. Cool!

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