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Blood and Brine is a prose short story of Tales of the Slayer book series. Written by Greg Cox, it was originally published on December 17, 2002 by Simon Pulse.

Summary

Known as Captain Rob Whitby of her ship Neptune's Lady in 1661, Robin Whitby lives as a man in order to maintain the life she desires. Her Watcher, Dr. William Henry Pratt, respects her decision to live a separate life from slaying, but does live alongside Rob and her crew on the ship as the resident doctor.

One night, as they approach another ship in the Caribbean, Rob warns the crew of Leeches, vampires she identified with her heightened Slayer senses. Upon inspection, she and her crew find out that the crew of the El Dorado has been violently murdered, save one girl. Rob's crew disobeys her orders and take the survivor hostage. Upon refusing to kill her, Rob's crew turns against her, stranding her on the El Dorado.

The crew of Neptune's Lady, left defenseless, are subsequently attacked, several killed by the vampire that caused the damage on the El Dorado. Meanwhile, Rob is assaulted by the Kraken and loses her hand. Despite not defeating the monster, she survives, returns to save the remainder of her crew, and reveals her true nature as not only a woman, but as the Slayer. Her crew accepts her, and she is fitted for a wooden hand capable of being detached and replaced with a variety of weapons.

Continuity

  • The events of this story take place in the year of 1661 in the Caribbean.

Appearances

Individuals

Locations

  • the Caribbean

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