The last of the rain comes down through the deck, causing so much water
that I’m sure the cargo is about to tip over. Our captain grabs it, but it
crushes when it hits the wood.
He walks over to the hatch and opens it. The rain is pouring on our heads,
and the ship tilts. He looks over to me and shakes his head.
I look out the window. It’s my turn. The rain is cold on my head.
This ship is sinking.
It’s going to turn upside down, or crash into a rock. Our captain doesn’t
The lifeboat is at the end of the line, the last thing we have left.
It’s hard to move.
The rope was too strong and it pulled me down to the bottom of the water.
I can’t lift myself up.
My body is tired. The last thing I see before I lose consciousness is
Kane, climbing down. I’m scared to wake up.
“You’ve got to get up! It’s all going to blow!”
I try to lift myself up, but I can’t.
Our captain walks over to the hatch, the only place we can leave the ship
before it fills with water. I can feel the waves coming, and I know that
even if we had the last part of the rope to the lifeboat, we’d still drown.
I know we need something to climb up the rope to, but I don’t know what to
do. I was just trying to survive. If we don’t leave this ship, we’ll die.
“Just climb onto the railing.”
I feel his hand grab my shoulder. His cold fingers squeeze.
“You’re a coward.”
His hand loosens and I fall off the side of the ship.
The rope drags me to the back of the lifeboat. Kane is crying. I feel the
water running in our boat, but we can’t move. We’re trapped.
I’m not sure how much time has passed. I was dreaming, but I can’t remember how I woke up. I feel like I’m falling down a long dark tunnel.
I remember that I feel something hard on my leg and I sit up in the boat. The
first thing I see is Kane’s dead body lying next to me.
I don’t remember him dying. The first thing I remember is getting back in
the lifeboat. I’m not sure how much time has passed. It seems like only
me and this other person are here.
“Kane!” I yell.
Kane doesn’t move. I hear him crying in the other boat.
I try to grab him, to try to help him. I’m about to die from drowning, so
I don’t have time to try.
The next thing I see is the moon shining on my face.
I wake up to the fact that I’ve been drowned in the water and Kane is dead.
I can’t think of anything.
I feel something heavy on my leg, but I don’t know how it got there. I
have to keep moving. It feels like I’m going to break down. I want to see
my captain or anybody else.
“I’m coming for you.”
I take a deep breath and I’m lifted up by my hands. I feel my body being lifted by
the current. I see the moon in the sky. My body is now floating in an
I feel myself on the edge without a rope to hold onto. Everything is falling
apart. Kane is gone.
I scream out in pain. I don’t care that his body is gone and he’s been
I remember Kane’s laugh. He’s going to find me. Everything will be fine. I hope.
The world is silent. The rain continues. I’m alone with nothing but my pain.
Just like that, he was gone, and I had everything from him. My life was
sad, but it was mine.
I look down at my body in the lifeboat. I had a good life. I had two best
friends, and they were both alive. I was happy and I had great memories of
Maybe I’ll never see the sky again.
The water is coming in slowly, slowly. I don’t know how much time has passed.
I feel something touch my leg. I don’t know how it got there. I take a few
steps. I hope I’m going the right way. I’m almost to the edge and there’s
nothing to hold onto.
I think of Kane. He’s on a boat with a woman and she’s going to jump
for him. He’s going to be fine.
But he was never in the right place to be jumping for me.
There’s a rock underneath me. I feel the rock. I see it. I think it’s
going to save me.
My body is about to break and I think it’s going to break my legs. I’m going to fall.
I grab onto rope, trying to stay alive. I don’t know how much time has
passed. I’m on the edge of the lifeboat with nothing to hold onto. I can
feel the boat shaking, like it’s going to fall apart. I don’t know how we
are going to be able to lift it up. I’m trying to pull myself up. There’s
not enough rope to hold onto. I let go of the rope and my body comes up.
I’m about to break.
I can smell the salty ocean air. I taste it. I remember the smell. It’s like