Refrain (Pirate!England x Princess!Reader)
The pirates were led through the filthy streets in chains when first they were captured, the subjects of great ceremony and scorn on the part of both the poor and the wealthy. Having been taken after eight hours of conflict out at sea, their crimes witnessed and numbers culled, it was little surprise that the papers fell into line and were to boast for weeks of the victory against such a scab upon society. In time, the royal family was no less enthralled by the victory and were incorporated into the festivities; for far too long their reward for capture of these men had been raised repeatedly, fuelled by an ever present desire to see them hanged at Execution Dock.
The High Court of Admiralty wasted few hours in condemnation - the sentence was passed, revealing they were to be executed by slow strangulation, then their bodies preserved in tar and hung up by the shoreline. It was an effective means of discouraging piracy, it seemed, so the practice persisted, despite the undeniable bruta