I sighed as I rested my elbow on the speedboat. "One trek down, one more to go" I grumbled under my breath. I sat up straight and looked around at the scenery. Completely mesmerizing. Everything about water and islands was gorgeous to me. The sumptuous islands had bright sandy shores and dazzling, lush, lime green trees which looked like they'd just been sprinkled on with glistening drops of water. The gleaming and lustrous waters, reflecting the perfect islands. It all looked so ideally complete.
I would definitely come back to the Royal Belum on a vacation trip. Like a journalist called Carl Hiaasen once said "my escape is to just get in a boat and disappear into the water".
I was awoken from my daydreaming when my friend Neha gently tapped my shoulder. "Elana, It's going to rain soon" she worriedly forecasted. "Oh shoot" I yelped, quickly placing my phone into my day bag. "Don't worry, it won't rain", one of my instructors Ziggy assured me. Feelings of distress and concern filled my body. I simply CANNOT get my phone wet!
Another one of my instructors, JC took out a black and metal box from under his seat. The box looked similar to one of those magic boxes you'd see at a magic show. You know, the ones where the magicians say “you have never seen this before and presto!”. He carefully opened up the box and took out, what looked like a white and gray spaceship... A drone! I loved drones, well- I've never actually used one before or seen one in real life. "Is that yours?!" I blurted out, still staring at the stunning, shiny gadget. "Yes, I'm going to take some drone shots of the area" he informed us. We all nodded in agreement and watched as the drone set off into the sky. The drone started going further and further away from the boat until it seemed like a small bird in the sky.
Wind. I felt the wind gently blowing on my face. It felt lovely, as I always loved the wind. I call it 'nature's aircon'. I looked back at the drone and saw it strangely moving side to side, like Ariana Grande's song. "Is that normal?" I curiously asked, still focusing on the drone that appeared to dance precariously in the wind. "No..." JC responded, breaking into a sweat and fidgeting with his little drone controller. Suddenly, the speedboat came to a halt. "Is everything ok?" my friend Soha gasped. "Just getting the drone back to us," he said, looking at the drone nervously.
Suddenly, beyond the clouds came a deep rumble, BOOM BOOM BOOM. Thunder. Oh no, oh dear God! This was definitely not the natural sound that I wanted to hear when in the midst of gorgeous beaches. Gray clouds started forming in the sky. It was like in the movies when the boat is at sea and then suddenly all the white clouds disappear and are quickly replaced by gray intimidating ones.
Ziggy stood up in the boat and everything on our little speedboat started rocking. "Sit down!" I screamed in terror. "I have to get the drone" he rolled his eyes at me. Rude. He was definitely going to fall in the water if he kept on rocking the boat. I realized that this sounded like a love story when the girl begs her loved one to sit down to save his life, just like in the movies. I’m sure we have established that I love movies, but that’s beside the point, but I shrugged that thought off. The drone flew back to our petite speedboat. Ziggy stretched out his strong arms to grab it, but hastily, it flew further away, as though it was playing a dodging game. Ziggy went closer to the edge of the boat to try to catch the drifting drone. I shut my eyes in panic. He was definitely going to FALL!
The drone flew back to the boat and once again Ziggy reached his arms up. I couldn't look, he was at the edge of the boat now and the boat rocked almost uncontrollably. 'He is going to fall, he is going to fall' That phrase repeated in my head. Ziggy grasped onto the drones glossy handles and after what seemed like an eternity, was safe in his loving arms. We all cheered, while he sat back down onto the wooden plank with the drone against his chest. Let's just say, that was one of the scariest things that happened on our speedboat.