"splash"I dropped into the sea. consumed by its depths,I struggled to get up to the surface as the rock dragged me down deeper and deeper, It didn't take me long to get to the bottom. these were shallow waters, I held my breath as long as I could. My throat couldn't take much more pressure, it felt as if a sword had jabbed through my gut. I opened my mouth, water rushed in like rapids and I knew I was a dead man. It was useless to fight back, I was going to die no matter how hard I tried to escape. With my feet and hands tied together and the heavy rock keeping me from floating up to the surface, there was no hope. All I could think about was what Bruin would have to go through on that slave ship. Torture, slave labor, stuff like that. Is this how I was supposed to die? Was this my fate I would have surely met back in my world?Is this the end of my story? As I started to take in more water, I blacked out. In the darkness came a light, it got closer and closer until I was consumed by it.
"Beep" Beep" "Beep" "Bee.." "Smack"
"Ugh..." I moaned as I pried the warm blanket off me, exposing me to the cold air of my small apartment. I forced myself off my bed and dragged my feet along the floor into the bathroom. I went to the sink and splashed some cold water on my face. That woke me up enough to turn on the shower close the curtain. I lazily took all my clothes off and threw them against the wall. I then walked in slowly, absorbing the hot steam that was emitting from the hot water. As I bathed myself, I was thinking what was gonna happen at work today. Maybe I'll get a massive tip, maybe I'll meet some new people, I may even get a birthday surprise, since it was my 19th birthday, but these never happen, I should have went to college, but I was just being my dumb self and didn't. I'm a waiter at a restaurant. It's sales have been going down, ever since the economy crashed. Only certain people keep coming back to the restaurant. Its always the same people, same time, same day. I haven't enjoyed my job in a long time. I have been working here for a year now, just barely making a living. " Why do I exist?" that is what I ask myself everyday, but I had a strange feeling that today would be different. This is the day my life will change forever. I can't describe this feeling with words, it's a thing that you have to feel for yourself.
When I got out of the shower, I wrapped a towel around my waist and walked into my bedroom to get some fresh clothes on. I opened my closet and looked at my clothes, I just chose a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. I slipped on my sandals and headed to my tiny kitchen to have a bowl of cereal. Before I headed out, I went into the bathroom and brushed my teeth. In 2 minutes, I was out the door and getting into my car. I turned the ignition on. I started to back out and drove out of the parking lot and out onto the street. I drove about 5 miles until I reached the bridge. I stopped at the red light and waited to turn. I took the time to turn up the radio and it turned to one of my favorite songs "Total Eclipse of my Heart". I saw the light turn green and ventured on ahead, I was in the middle of the bridge until a car going way past the speed limit hit me on the rear of my car. My car then spun out of control and fell off the bridge, I don't know how to describe what it's like to fall off a bridge in a car, all I can say that it's terrifying, but kinda thrilling.
I quickly found my car sinking to the bottom of the lake taking me with it, My car was starting to flood. I tried to open the doors, but they wouldn't budge. Luckily, I had my windows closed, so much water wasn't coming in, I tried to find something to break a window, so I quickly searched the inside of my car. I didn't find anything, so I tried to break a window with human force. I punched the windows a couple time each, but no cigar. By this time, my car was at the bottom of the lake and it was flooded up to the bottom of the steering wheel. It's not that deep of a lake, but I could still drown. Then I heard a cracking sound, the back window cracked and it shattered one second later. I stayed in the car until it completely filled up, then I swam out the back window and floated up to the surface.
As I was coming up, I noticed that there was no bridge above me, then I looked down and there was no bottom, I couldn't even see my car. I found it odd, but what confused me most of all was when I broke the surface of the water. I popped my head out of the water and what I saw that I was in the ocean. I couldn't see any land around me, then out of the horizon came a ship. I then started to struggle to stay afloat, my head started to go underwater and I felt like something was pulling me down. I saw a shadowy figure jump in the water, he was swimming towards me as I started to go under the water. I was at least 5 feet under the water when I felt two hands grab me. I was pulled up to the surface, next thing I know, was that I was being pulled on board the massive ship.
I was laying on the floor surrounded my most of the crew. "Back to your stations!!!" Barked the captain. While I laid on the floor, I looked around the ship, I started to get up, but a medic beckoned me to stay down. The medic bent down on his knees inspected for any bruises and any signs of damage. He asked me some question like "How do you feel?" or "Does anything hurt?", he got up off his knees and walked back over to the captain. " He's fine, he just needs to rest for a day or two" the medic said. They had a small conversation for about 30 seconds. I didn't hear much, but the line I heard was "I want you to watch over the boy, he'll stay the night in your quarters. " the captain said. " aye sir." said a deep voice. Next thing I know, a big black minotaur was walking over to me. I couldn't exactly pick out his features since my vision was blurred from the crash, but he looked like the ones I read about in books. He picked me up with his hairy muscular arms and took me down to the crew's quarters. First thing I noticed about him as he took me to the crew's quarters was the eye-patch he wore on his right eye."what happened to your eye?" I asked as we walked through the crew's quarters. "lost it in a fight with a sailor" he answered as he entered a separate room. I didn't bother answering back since he seemed annoyed. The room wasn't big, but it was big enough for two people. There were two beds in the room along with a small table and two chairs, this must be his room. He put me down on a bed along with a change of clothes " Stay here and rest, I'll be coming back in an hour or two to check up on you."he told me. When he left the room, the captain walked in and sat on a chair that was next to the bed I was in. "Hello, my names John, I'm the captain of this ship." he said. "My name is Daniel, but you can just call me Dan if you like." I told John. He told me that they were a trade ship and were on their way back to a land they called Narnia"Why did that name sound so familiar to me" I thought. We talked for about ten minutes, then we both heard some ruckus going on up on the main deck, we ended our conversation there.
He left the room and went up to the main deck and I heard some yelling. A fight must of went on, I got up carefully not to hurt myself and changed into my clothes and threw my wet ones out the window since they were not from this time. When I was done, I laid back down on the bed and eventually fell asleep. I woke up to the sounds of footsteps, I was surrounded by darkness, except for the lit candle on the table and some moonlight coming through the small window. I assumed that it was night, I head some heavy footsteps were heavy, as they got closer, I assumed Bruin must be coming by to check on me, or did he check on me while I was asleep? I lost track of time when I first arrived. I heard the footsteps stop at the door, I was right, Bruin opened the door and walked in, along with a small plateful of food in his hand. "Did I wake you?" asked Bruin as he gave me the plate of food. "No." I lied. "I came to check on you a couple hours ago, but you were asleep" explained Bruin. I assumed I have been asleep for a few hours then. "I'm your guardian until we get back to Narnia, which should be in 2 months" said Bruin. " We never got to introduce each other properly, my name is Daniel, but you can call me Dan if you like." I said as I was finished up my small plate of food and put it on a crate beside my bed. "My names Bruin, no need to fear me, I'm nicer than most people on this ship, including the captain." Bruin explained as he leaned over to blow out the candle that lit up the room. As soon as the candle was blown out, the room was pitch black, except for the moonlight shining out of a small window. I noticed the light shone on a portrait of a minotaur, it looked a lot like Bruin, but Bruin looked younger, maybe it was a portrait of Bruin's father." I don't fear you, in fact, I don't fear much at all." I answered. "well in this world, you may never know what you'll fear. I found that out when I lost my eye." said Bruin. We heard a lot of footsteps walk behind the door. Must have been the crew going to their beds.
As soon as the crew went quiet. I started to hear the waves splashing against the boat. " So whats your story" Bruin asked. "My story? Which one?" I answered. "The story of how you got here" Said Bruin. "I truly don't know" I answered. " Are you homesick ." Bruin assumed. "Actually..no, I don't miss home at all" I said as I tossed myself into a comfortable position on my bed. " Your life at home must have been either bad or boring. You didn't have a good relationship with your family did you?" asked Bruin. "That's exactly right. I have been wanting to go on an adventure for a long time, get away from my sad and boring life, but I know this is all a dream and I will wake up in the real world, having to live what I call a life." I answered. "Narnia may just be the adventure you've been looking for and you won't find that this is a dream." Bruin explained. "Why do you think that?" I asked. " I know because I have lived in this world for nearly 60 years, and I've got a long time to go before I actually die." Bruin answered. "Daniel?" Bruin asked. "Mmmumumn" I mumbled. "sigh, goodnight" Bruin said as he closed his eyes. "Goodnight" I said in a mumbling manner.