Riddle

The novel is based on a riddle, that takes hours to solve, and minutes to understand once you have the answer. I have taken it and turned it into a story, so I hope you will enjoy it.

This story is inspired and written for the Picture Prompt Competition.

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3. Chapter Two

 

We were greeted by the members of the crew, dressed in sailor uniforms, telling us to have a nice trip. When we walked through the crowded halls in an attempt to find our room, a piccolo  came rushing to our aid. He picked up all our suitcases, placed them in the cart and asked for our room.

“Upper deck, room 404” Dan said mechanically. He had memorized it.

“Okay let me show you the way.” You could tell he had been doing it for a long time, because he magically maneuvered all the obstacles in our way. Many of them were people. We jogged behind, trying to keep up with his pace.

“There you go. And I am Eduardo, by the way.” He shook our hands and welcomed us, before hurrying off to the other passengers.  I slipped the key card into the doorknob and when the little metal light flashed green, we stepped inside.

“Holy crap!” was Mark’s first reaction. I understood him completely. We were looking at a big room, decorated with orange flowers, wooden desks, beige bed linen and three beds.

“Wooohooo!” I yelled and called dibs on the one furthest away from the door. I dumped my luggage and jumped up and down in excitement.  Dan and Mark eventually joined me and at last we were just lying on the floor, completely dazed by what were about to experience.

We started investigating the cruise. The upper deck had a giant pool that was really cool and clean. The sun radiated heat from the wooden deck floor, and it warmed my feet to walk across it. The ship had already set sail so the wind was blowing through my dark brown hair. I went over to the pool and looked at my reflection.  I could see my hazelnut eyes staring right at me, until Mark kicked the water spraying my face, and ruining the perfectly still water.

“C’mon Jack, let’s go! We have to check out the lunch buffet, I’m starving man!” When I thought about it, so was I. We hurried off into the depths of the ship, in an attempt to find the restaurant. Instead we ended up finding the spa, training center,  casino, the elevators and about a million small paths and halls. The ship was humongous and we couldn’t find out of the casino with the flashing lights of the slot machines, the smooth marble floor and the souvenir shop. At last we were so disoriented we didn’t know how to get back to the upper deck. All of this made us even hungrier, running frantically around in our search for food.

Daniel suddenly stopped and asked one of the crew members for directions.

“Yes of course, if you take the elevators one flight up, you’ll be on the middle deck. Then take a right hand turn, and you will find our restaurant.” He was dressed in a green plaited suit, and a sailor hat. The whole staff were dressed like that, so they were easy to spot.

“Thanks mate” Quickly we ran to the elevators and found our way to the buffet. Poultry, soup, salad, seafood, snails, sauce, nuts and dressing. Anything I had ever labeled as good food was placed right in front of me. It was incredible.  We all stood there gaping at the food, until someone pushed us into the line. I felt like a king when we ate all that food.

“If this is lunch, I can’t wait to see what they have got ready for dinner,” Mark said as he took a huge bite of a tiger shrimp.  

“I sure could get used to this lifestyle, my friends.” I said, feeling happier than I ever had before. 

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