Xebec: (historical) A small three-masted Mediterranean sailing ship. (I knew xebec before, but my dictionary only had 20 X words and most of them were scientific.)
The xebec unleashed a volley of fire on the enemy ship. They made a hole in the side, but a return salvo narrowly missed the captain.
“Let’s bail,” said the first mate.
“Agreed.” The captain cloaked the vessel before transforming the xebec into a gleaming spaceship and exiting the atmosphere. The crew reverted to their true form.
“That was okay, but I’m looking forward to being a Spitfire next week,” he said. “Airborne battles look fun.”
He meant no harm. He just wanted to have a little fun with the only planet apart from his own where he’d found life.