"I wasn't meaning to be disrespectful."
"He has an iron hook instead of a right hand, and he claws with it."
"There is one thing," Peter continued, "that every boy who serves under me has to promise, and so must you."
"It is this, if we meet Hook in open fight, you must leave him to me."
"I promise," John said loyally.
For the moment they were feeling less eerie, because Tink was flying with them, and in her light they could distinguish each other. Unfortunately she could not fly so slowly as they, and so she had to go round and round them in a circle in which they moved as in a halo. Wendy quite liked it, until Peter pointed out the drawbacks.
"She tells me," he said, "that the pirates sighted us before the darkness came, and got Long Tom out."
"Yes. And of course they must see her light, and if they guess we are near it they are sure to let fly."