Well, we have a case “Before the Mast” where a French Navy sailor offered (in jest) to kiss a figurehead too. Click on the photo to read the whole story, and how has his offer been received!
Olivier checked again the maps, confronting them with the latest results, to have an idea where exactly they were. He looked at the first lieutenant, and went to report him:
”Monsieur, I think tonight, if the wind doesn’t change, we have to change our direction… if we don’t want to get into the Spanish waters yet.”
Elouan looked at Marc, the new carpenter. If one could understand his need to be busy, it was the Breton. Had he told Marc that he had been a friend of his brother’s?
”Of course I am ready to help you with anything you need from me. I can even kiss the figurehead if you want,” he added in jest, attempting to let that frown disappear.
”If it was a mermaid figurehead, and not a bird, everybody would have laughed more…” he thought, then he remembered exactly when and where he had seen far too close such a mermaid.
Elouan swallowed dryly and thought better – indeed, what if they met “The Caribbean Siren” in battle? Or worse, what if the cannon he is serving would let a ball kill Baptiste? No, he couldn’t tell Marc exactly what he was thinking.
”You are right, I think I need something to do right now…” he told Marc.
“Unrequited” -Raoul Vitale