Perils in Piracy
by Jez Patterson
An anagram of marriage, Percina's mother had once told her, is "I am rage."
After Percina had counted out the letters, she pointed out there were two rs in marriage. "No, there aren't," her mother had replied. "There's only one, and you'll be married to him."
On this occasion though, Martin wasn't at fault.
Percina wanted to kick some pirate ass because, anagrams often giving inadvertent truths, they were parasites.
Unfortunately, another anagram they provided was aspirates, meaning the sound that came with an exhalation of breath.
Helpless to stop them, Captain Percina Saunders watched the hordes approach and sighed.
Pilots of terraform-tankers were usually human equivalents of the vessels they steered: enormous, slow, relying on automated systems, and producing vast quantities of gas.
The last of these, in the case of her tanker, was the methane produced by the fertilizing soil it carried.