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Chief Mate

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"Your priority in life is studying how to be a lady," her father used to tell her.

"It's for your own good, Gracey. 'Friends' and 'adventures' will not matter anymore once you find a proper husband," her mother would say, pretending to be more supportive.

"Fuck this bullshit sideways," said High King Margo when Grace told her story, right after she applied to work on the royal ship. "You're hired. And adopted."

As she stands on the prow of the Muntjac, excited to learn all about sailing, she thinks that Chief Mate Grace Violet has a nice ring to it.