This is the story of Captain Hook’s past I have fabricated from my research into the character and my own imagination. I believe that no-one is born evil.
James was the bastard son of a Lord. With his Mother dead at childbirth and his Father too busy to see him he was sent to Eton College.
One day he met a beautiful young woman (name unknown) and it was love at first sight. But the girls parents did not approve the match.
They decided they would elope to Gretna Green to get married in secret. However on the night of the intended elopement James was knocked unconscious by a group of men and press ganged onto a ship. By the time he woke the following day it was too late as they were in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and it would be months before they would return.
The young woman waited all night for James but when he never showed she searched for him. Realising she would never see him again she tried to return to her family. However in their eyes she had shamed them and they disinherited her. Being both abandoned by her family and her lover the only place she had to turn was the work house. Distraught from the loss of her lover and her family a depression took hold of her and she killed her self with poison.
The only way James could think of returning to England was to start a mutiny with the help of the other press ganged crew. After their victory James was made captain of the ship.
When James returned to England to find his beloved had killed her self he decided there was nothing else keeping him in England. So with his new skills in sailing and a willing crew they turned to a life of piracy.
They travelled the world terrorising the seas. James would keep some of the jewellery they plundered. Pieces he felt his love would have deserved. Now that he was rich he could have given her everything she could have ever wanted.
Whenever they landed ashore James would always collect a shell from the beach as a token for his beloved who could not join him in his adventures.
During a particular heavy storm their ship was caught in the reefs of a small island. Neverland. Stranded they made it their home. Part of the magic of Neverland is that you slowly forget where you came from. Even though years later he couldn’t remember his lost love he never got rid of her locket and occasionally James would still collect shells for her even though he did not remember why.
On his first encounter with Peter Pan. Peter chopped of James’s hand in a fight and fed it to the crocodile for a lark. Not knowing that the crocodile would enjoy the taste so much he would be forever searching for another bite.
As a precaution hook then made the crocodile swallow a pocket watch so that he would hear the ticking of the beast as a warning. However this meant that any clocks on the ship were broken so that hook knew when the crocodile was approaching. His lost love’s death haunted him always. Even though he did not remember her he always felt a sense of loneliness. This combined with being stranded on a island far from anywhere, the loss of his hand, continuous torment from a group of unruly children and the incessant worry of a crocodile that was hungry for more. It’s not hard to see why Captain Hook went a bit crazy.