Safe and Sound

A cruise to New Zealand for school! Could life get any better for the adventurous teen Tess?!

A 2 day cruise on the Pacific Pearl with the rest of the year 9's in her school was going to be a blast! So much to do and see, Tess and her friends couldn't wait!

But disaster strikes on the first night of the cruise, an unexpected storm creates massive waves which eventually causes the ship to capsize. Most of the passengers on the boat are flung into the raging water, including Tess.

Tess awakens on the sandy shore of an island, exhausted she lays there half dead, shivering.

What feels like a blanket is suddenly layed across her, she forces her eyes open and looks up. A boy, not too much older than her looks down at her....is she dreaming?! "The name's Jackson," he says, eyes as blue as the ocean on a perfect sunny day. "but you can call me Jack if you like."

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2. Leaving

Two words: School Camp.

This year it's a 2 day cruise over to New Zealand, where around 100 year 9 students, (including myself) are staying at a campsite in a small town over there for a week and a half, then flying back over in a jet. I can't stop thinking about it as I'm leaving today.  "You right Tess?" Mum says as she opens my bedroom door.

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have everything." I say, zipping up my extreemely full travel bag, struggling to pick up another two. If I have forgotten someting I don't think I would have fit it in anyway!

"Here, I'll help you carry all that, have you said goodbye to your brother yet?" Mum says picking up the biggest of my 3 bags. "I can't believe you are taking so much, they are actually allowing so many bags?" 

"It's fine Mum!" I call back towards my bedroom as I walk towards Lukes room and open the door, revealing my 16 year old brother sound asleep in his bed, one foot hanging out the side.

"Luke, I'm leaving now" I half whisper as I walk over to his bed. No response. "Luke! Mum says I have to say goodbye to you before I go, so bye!" I say, flicking his light on and off.

"Wha-what?" Luke says, his eyes opening slightly.

"I'm going to the New Zealad camp today! Remember? Tess, your sister leaving and not coming back for 2 weeks!" I say as if I am talking to a baby.

"Oh yeah!" Lukes eyes widen now as he sits up. "Have fun Tess. It's a great camp that one, see you." With that, Luke lays back down and almost instantly goes back to sleep.

I shake my head, laughing as I head back to Mum to help her with my bags. I seemed to be getting excited more and more by the second! "Be good Tess, have fun and try all the new activities." says Mum as she sits my bag down next to me.

"I will, I'll take heaps of photos so I can show you when I get back." I say hugging her.

"Did you say bye to Dad this morning before he left for work?" Mum asks just as the bus comes around the corner to pick me up.

"Yeah, he came in thismorning and said bye before he left, okay you better go the bus is coming!!" I say grabbing my bags and waving at Mum.

"Oh so it is! Okay I'm going, wouldn't want to embarrass you!" Mum says laughing as she quickly ran back to the house while I loaded my many bags onto the bus, headed straight for school.

 By the time everyone got to school, unloaded all their stuff, boarded more buses and traveled to the dock where the cruise ship was waiting, my excitement was overflowing!

"You right with those bags Tess?" my best friend Jett said laughing as a struggled to carry my lugage onto the ship.

"YES....okay NO...help please?" I said, facing defeat. Jett picks up one of my bags and we board together.

"Tess! Tess!" Emma yells running towards Jett and I, her bags flapping all over the place as she darts around all the other year 9's trying to board the ship. Emma and I have been friends for as long as I can remember. "Oh I thought I lost you! Wow this ship looks awesome, we better be in the same cabin. Oh hey Jett!" Emma's brushes her auburn hair out of her eyes.

"Hey Emma," Jett says, rolling his eyes at Emmas overentusiasm. Jett was what you would call the 'layed back', 'go with the flow' type.

"Okay calm down Emma, we better go and actually find our cabins so I can dump all my stuff!" I say grinning at her. 

After looking for our cabins, Emma and I ended up being in the same one. I thank Jett for carrying my bag so he could go and look for his cabin in the boys area. "I'll meet up with you guys later." Jett says as he heads down one of the many long hallways on the ship.

 All the year 9's had to attend a lecture about safety and how you can 'have fun' while being safe and not annoying the public that are also staying on the ship. After that, we all got time to roam around the designated parts of the ship. Pretty much everyone stampedes for the Pools and Spas, but not Emma and I, we head straight for the top deck to meet Jett and a few of our other mates. 

"Over here!" Jett calls as Emma and I climb up the steep staircase to the decking.

We race over to Jett, Tyler and Stevie. "Hey! Wow the view is amaing." I say scanning the ocean. 

"Yeah I know right," Tyler says "you can see like all the way to the horizon its sick as!" 

"Imagine what it would look like at night..." I whisper to myself, but Jett overhears.

"They won't let us out on deck late tonight Tess." Jett says as he leans his arms over the rail next to me. 

"Well when I sneak out here, the fact that i'm not supposed to be doing what i'm doing will just make the view even better." I say in a hushed voice.

"You're insane!" Jett says slapping me on the back. 

"When did you figure that out?" I say poking him in the ribs. 

"Figure what out?" Emma says as she walks over, Tyler and Stevie next to her.

"Oh don't worry," I say laughing. This might be a long cruise.

 

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Ahhhh I have so much to write but I was trying my hardest not to go on and on! I hope it was alright!? 

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Thankyou for reading!! 

xx Jess

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