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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6. The Island

I woke to the faint sound of waves crashing onto the sand some distance away from Jacks house. I felt a lot stronger than last night. What ever was in that meal Jack gave to me seems to have worked wonders.

Realising I was in a strangers bed, I got up. Walking around the room a couple of times to make sure I could walk, then I wander out into the kitchen in search of Jack.

I find him sitting at the bench reading a book. "Hey." I say, scaring him.

"Oh..um hey," Jack says quickly standing up and tossing his book to the other side of the bench. "You can talk now?"

"Yeah I guess I can, I'm not 100% but I am alright enough to walk and talk." I say smiling.

"Well...um cool." Jack says, I could feel the sudden awkwardness between us as the conversation died down.

"I'd just like to thankyou for well-," i pause, thinking of the right word, "saving me when I was lying on the beach. I probably would have died if you hadn't come along." I say smiling again.

"Oh it's all good. Just glad you're getting better." Jack says smiling back. We seem to look at each other for a second too long, I turn away brushing my knotted hair out of my eyes.

"Would you like me to show you around the island?" Jack says eagerly.

"I would love to," I say looking down at my tattered jumper, scruffy pj pants and bare feet, "although I don't really feel like I'm dressed for that." I add laughing slightly.

Jack looks at me, obviously trying to hide his amusement. "I'll go see what spare stuff I can find."

 

Jack soon comes back with some clean shorts, shirt and jumper, which look to be all womens. "Why do you have womens clothing in your house?" I say confused. Was there someone else living here?

"It's my mums. She was about your size so everything should fit alright." Jack suddenly looks embarrassed. "There's, uhh some underwear in her room which is straight down the hall opposite the room you slept in last night. I'm sorry but it's all there really is." he says shrugging.

"Thank you. I'm sure it will do." I say gratefully, heading for Jacks...Mums room to change.

After sorting some clothing out, Jack and I head outside for the tour of the island. It feels odd to be wearing someone else's clothes, especially a guys mums. But anything is better than some damp pj's and a jumper.

As I follow Jack along a narrow bush path he apparently made himself, I can't help but wonder about his Mum. Is she alive? And if so where could she be?!  I think, admiring the trees and pretty birds flying around Jack and I. 

I feel an urge to ask Jack about his Mum, then it went away as I think how awkward things could get when he answers. So I leave the subject unmentioned, and continue to follow Jack through the trees and shrubs.

We finally emerge through the deep scrub onto the squeaky sand. "It's like your own private beach!" I say looking out at the ocean and the horizon.

The horizon. 

The beautiful sight makes my brain picture the similar view on the cruise ship. When I was standing there with Jedd, Emma, Stevie, Tyler. My friends.

Where were they now? Dead? Alive? I don't know! My chest starts to tighten and I clutch my throat as my memory flashes back to when I was in the water, struggling to stay above the untamable waves.

"WHATS GOING ON?" Jack says staring at me in astonishment as I try to snap out of the horriffic memory. Finally I manage to stop gasping and calm down, sitting down on the sand.

Jack sits down next to me. "What was that? Can you breathe?" his eyes are filled with wonder and confusement.

"Yeah I'm alright I think. It was just the horizon, it reminded me of the cruise ship," I pause, thinking back. "It all started when I-" 

"How about I show you more of the island first? And you tell me your life story later?" Jack cuts in, standing and offering me a hand up, which I take.

"That would actually be great." I say relieved as we begin to walk again. Grateful that I don't have to speak of the cruise now. 

Suddenly Jack stops, putting his arm out which stops me. "Everything alright?" I ask.

"What's your name?" Jack says.

"Tess," I say laughing in embarrassment. "Probably should have mentioned that earlier."

"Well you couldn't talk, and I never really asked," Jack exclaimes shrugging, "well let us continue our tour...Tess."

We walk up the beach in silence, I think Jack can tell I am enjoying the peace. Well I am! The sky is a beautiful pastol shade of blue, the odd cloud gently glides through, their soft pink colour creating a pretty contrast. The few meters of sand divide the dense scrub and the ocean. Just imagine a perfect island paradise,  because that is what I'm standing on.

Jack points out certain "areas" of the island a long the way. They all look extremely similar to me, but he seems to be able to tell me a story about every single one.

"and THAT is where I sometimes fish," Jack says pointing to yet another collection of rocks that meet the ocean. "the fish just swim all around you, it's an easy meal." 

I scan where Jack pointed to and notice rockpools that have formed in the massive rocks, different kinds of seaweed scatters them. "You will have to show me sometime." I say facinated.

As we keep walking, I notice something moving on the sand in the distance. "What's that?" I ask, pointing at the moving object.

Jack laughs."THERE YOU ARE!!!" He says jogging towards the creature that continues to move across the sand. "COME ON!" Jack calls over his shoulder. "I'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO DEAN!"

 

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So.... Tess and Jack are exploring the island. I dont know if I set the scene very well. So just imagine a perfect paradise. A deserted island with 100% natural beauty. Eeek!

Tess must be confused about good old Dean hey? Well...she won't be for long. (;

Ahhh Jack is so...mwah! I don't like describing him too much because everyone has different ideas on whats good looking and whats not. (He's supposed to be really good looking, so imagine your version of that ha!)  (: That is why I don't add any character photos into my stories. I thought being able to imagine them yourself would be better. 

**although! He does have tanned skin and kinda curly hair that isnt really short but isn't really long either, and he's quite tall and muscular, not like a body builder or anything, but his back and arm muslces are quite defined for a 16 year old. Oh! and he has blue eyes***

You can make up the rest... if there is any more to make up (: 

ANYWAY ILL GET ON WITH THE NEXT CHAPTER.

I really hope you are enjoying the story (: that would make my whole year if you were!

xoxo Jess

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