Boom! Crash! I get tossed into a life boat, landing with a hard “thud”! I bump into a pregnant lady carrying a young child. I barely get my balance before the boat speeds off in a hurry towards land. I look around the boat frantically, looking for my parents. They’re not here! I hear a noise behind us and see two more life boats carrying more passengers, including my parents. I sigh with relief. All of a sudden the boat loses balance and the boat capsizes.
My head comes up from under the water. I hear my parents from the other boat call my name. But they’re too far away from me to help. That’s when I see the ironing board floating in the water, I grab onto it, gasping for breath. I hang on to the board and use it as a flotation device as I swim to my parents. They grab me and pulled me up; on the way we picked up other passengers from my boat and helped them on.
I see the pregnant woman that I bumped into earlier struggling to stay afloat, in her arms her young child is crying. Behind her there is an elderly woman who was also trying to come to us.
“We have to save them!” I scream as the boat turns away from them.
“There’s no room.” The man who was guiding the boat said gravely.
Then, and idea came to me; the ironing board that I was using was still floating near the boat, I grabbed it and asked my Dad to hold onto it for a second, then I looked around the bottom of the boat and found a rope. I tied one end of the rope to the boat and the other end to the ironing board. I then told the man to steer to them, him seeing my plan agreed and steered.
“Hang on to the board!” I yelled to the people in the water. “We’ll get you to shore!”
They clung onto the board and away we went, heading for shore. On the way we saw that the third boat had picked up some passengers too, while others that were on my boat just swam to shore.
Once we got on land everyone climbed out of the boats and sat down on the sand, staring at the wreck of our cruise ship. I sighed, my very first cruise ending like this.
My parents sat down next to me and praised me for my quick thinking and ingenuity. I smiled but knew that we needed to get off the island fast and get back to the world. None of the survivors of the crash knew where we were or how the boat crashed in the first place.
All of our phones were either dead, because of the water, lost battery, or still on the wreck. There was no way to contact anybody. We all decided to think about all this in the morning, for now we needed to find a place to sleep.
I picked up the ironing board and untied it from the boat; this might make a comfortable bed! My parents were clever enough to make a thin mattress out of large leaves from the nearby trees, others followed suite. Some slept in the boats and some just in the sand.
One lady was fast enough to grab and few blankets, pillows, some food, rope, and water before the ship sank, so we made due of it all.
We made a fire and heated up the blankets for those who fell into the water. Our dinner consisted of bread, fruit, and warmed up instant soup. As we all sat around the fire we told each other our names. Including my parents and I there were 20 survivors in total. The elderly lady that we saved was name Gladys, the pregnant woman Mary and her child Lulu, the man who was steering my parent’s boat was named George, the man that was steering the third ship was named Fred, and the man steering my ship was named Luke. There was a family of five, Michael the father, Lily the mother, and their triplets Rose, Petunia, and Violet. The lady who brought the food was named Claire, and her sister Chloe. And finally tow young couples, Mark and Hannah, and Joey and Gabby.
After dinner we all prepared for bed, three fires were made and groups of us slept around it. We bathed in the sea and dried off using the pillowcases from the pillows that Claire brought. Then we all went to our “beds”. I was sleeping on the ironing board, which was surprisingly comfy! My parents were trying to talk me out of it, offering to make a leaf bed for me like the ones they made for themselves. But I didn’t accept. I like the ironing board, the one that saved my life, Mary’s and Lulu’s, and Gladys’s.
The next morning I had a plan ready on how to get off the island. During breakfast this was the number one concern that everyone was talking about. While I was helping hand out the bread and fruit, which was our breakfast, we heard a scream in the forest. I counted everyone and realized that Chloe was gone. I knew it had to be her. All of us got ready for an attack of some wild beast. Mary handed me her child and the triplets. I took them with me to hide. I was the eldest of the children so they followed everything I did. I hugged them close and told them to be quiet and calm.
Chloe came running out of the forest, there was a silence then a bear came thundering out, roaring with all his might. Lulu shrieked and the bear turned his attention away from Chloe, and towards the rock that I was hiding with the children! I put my hand over Lulu’s mouth and started breathing very hard. The rest of the adults had gone into hiding as well, so there was no one to distract the bear.
“When I say go, run into the water and hide there.” I said. “Okay?”
“But, we can’t swim!” Rose said.
“Okay. But just try, I’ll be right behind you to make sure you don’t go under, okay?” I said nervously.
The triplets gulped, but nodded. The bear started getting closer and closer. I told the children to be ready to run, when all of a sudden there was a great big racket from the other side of the beach!
It was my Dad! Trying to save us! The bear rushed towards him and bit him on the arm!
“No!” I screamed. I dropped Lulu, who I was carrying the whole time and ran towards the bear. I started beating his back screaming at him to let my Dad go!
The bear turned, his eyes full of savageness, but so was mine. I grabbed my ironing board which was at my feet and hit the bear right on his nose. The bear just stood there, dumbstruck by the pain.
Then everybody else came out with sticks and stones, beating the bear. Even the kids came out with sticks and was beating the bear with them! Finally he bear dropped by Dad who he was holding in his mouth the whole time and ran back into the forest whimpering.
Mary, my Mom, and Gladys came rushing to my Dad’s side to tend to his wound. Gladys used to be a nurse in the ER and knew exactly what to do. SO did my Mom and Mary, since they were in the Red Cross and knew how to deal with wounds. They took the First Aid Kit from the boat and before we knew it my Dad’s wound was wrapped up and sanitized.
“Seems that ironing board of yours is a real life saver! Eh?” George said half relieved, half impressed.
We carried out with breakfast and I told everyone my plan: “We go back to the ship in our boats and grab supplies and such for ourselves, and then we try looking in the captain’s cabin for something that could contact the world for help.”
“I like that plan.” George said. “It’s practical.”
“Yes, it its.” Agreed Fred. “But, we only have two boats, one of them to stolen in the night by something in the water.”
I looked at where we parked out boats, and Fred was right.
“So, we only take a few people with us. George, Fred, and Luke should come. They know the ship better than any of us since they worked there. Claire can come, since she’s resourceful. Now we only need a child who will wander off and find things. Maybe if Mary agrees we can take Lulu with us!” I said.
“I really like your plan, but Lulu is not going. It’s too dangerous!” Mary replied.
“Okay. I already know that if one of the triplets go all of them want to go and we can’t take care of three fast kids.” I said rationally.
“You should go!” George suggested. “This is your plan, and you’re a child!”
I smiled. I really wanted to go. I asked my parents and they agreed. So the five of us set out for the ship. As we were leaving I added my ironing board.
“What are you bringing that for?” Claire asked.
“Well, this board has a tendency for saving lives. And, we might bring back a lot of things, so I’ll swim back on this so the boat won’t be too heavy!” I said.
The others laughed, but agreed that the plan was reasonable and we set off.
Once we got on board George took Claire to show here where all the medicines and food are, Luke went to the captain’s cabin, and Fred followed me so I wouldn’t get into a scrap without help.
After 15 minutes of scavenging we met back at where we docked our boat. Claire got lots of food and medicine for my Dad and for other occasions that medicine might come in handy. I found more pillows and blankets and some of the survivors belonging that I thought they might want, including toys for the children and my favorite bright sequin, neon pink scarf. And Luke came back saying that he successfully contacted the nearest Navy base, he said that they should be coming for us within the next few days.
We loaded everything on the boat, and like I said it was too heavy for me to be in it, so Fred tied the ironing board to the boat and I trailed behind them the whole way. Another useful thing that the ironing board can do.
When we got back everyone hailed our arrival. We enjoyed good food for meals for the next few days, there were no incidents and we kept clear of the forest unless we need wood for the fire, then we always had a squad with us to protect each other.
A few days passed and no one came to take us off the island, and we were running low on food. So Fred, George, Luke, Claire, and I headed back to the wreck, this time with the other boat. I planned on putting a lot of stuff that belonged to the survivors on it. Claire gathered food and Fred and I gather personal belongings. Luke came back and told us that the Navy couldn’t come so they’re sending helicopters.
I rode back to the island on by ironing board and told everyone the news. The next day we were woken up by the loud noise of wind, not just any wind, helicopter wind! The helicopter couldn’t see us though. How are we going to get them to see us? I remembered my pink, neon colored, sequins scarf. I quickly tied that to my ironing board and climbed up the highest rock on the beach. I started yelling and screaming while waving the ironing board with all my might.
The helicopters finally found us and picked us up, including all of our belongings.
As we were heading back to the world I sighed contentedly. Who knew that an ironing board can save so many lives if used in the right way?