The Forbidden Island
Not so forbidden anymore...
"Great! We can leave immediately." I said to the man at the desk as the passengers began to step on to the airplane. "Have a nice flight!" he replied, waving to us. Little did I know that this flight would turn out to be difficult and amazing journey.
As I sat down with my carry-on bag, I couldn't help but notice a tall, lean, and handsome man walking towards me. At first, I thought he was airborne security, but then he put his sunglasses on the top of his head. He smoothly said, "Is this seat 13s?" I tried to speak, but the words were stuck in my throat, he was incredibly handsome and appeared to be very nice. He smiled and shook my hand, "Well, I see that this flight is going be fun." I knew exactly what he meant, as both he and I noticed only ten people were on the flight. "Are you hungry?" I asked him as I unzipped the bag that held chips, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, with a couple bottles of tea. "No thank you, I'm set." He pulled out a brief case filled with two sandwiches and some water bottles. Just then, the pilot came on the speaker and said, "Thank you for choosing FlyAir. Please fasten your seat belts and enjoy the flight!" The man and I talked during take-off and each of us found out quite a bit about the other. His name was Jake.
I began to tell him of the horses down below in the cargo hold. "My stallion, my feisty little filly, my mare, and my colt are down there. I hope they are safe."
He replied, "What are their names?"
"Zippi is the stallion, Maggie is the filly, the mare is Ms. Imp, and Tidal Wave is the colt."
"Wow!" He replied.
"Yeah, they are a handful."
"Did you train them all yourself?"
"Yes, the filly and the colt aren't fully broken yet."
"What are the others trained to do?"
"Yeah, Zippi and Maggie are trained to jump."
"Could you teach me to ride sometime?"
I replied, "Sure, I give lessons to people all the time!"
He smiled and unbuckled his seat belt, "I'll be right back."
"Ok." I gave him a weird look and he smiled again as he walked away. As I read my horse magazine waiting for him to come back, I noticed the fasten your seat belts light come on and the plane started to wobble. Jake was just coming back with a worried look. "What's the matter?" I asked as he sat down. "The plane is going down. Put your seat belt on and put your hands over your head." After he said this the pilot came on and said the same thing. I put my head down and soon felt his covering me. I was very worried about my horses and how they would deal with the crash. Then I heard a huge boom and was blinded by a bright light.
I came to in his soft hands holding me up, "Are you ok? Where are the horses? Are the other passengers alive?" I had so many questions for him, he hardly had time to answer. He said, "Everybody is fine. The horses are tied to a tree and I salvaged some hay and grain."
"Are you ok? You've been avoiding that question Jake..."
"I'm fine, don't worry."
"Where are the others?"
A somber look came across his face, "I know of three others that are alive, Marcy, Ken, and their little adopted son Jared."
I immediately knew what happened to the other passengers, I didn't want to think about their terrible fate. "Where is Marcy and her family?
"Ken is setting up the tent, Marcy is rocking Jared off to sleep."
"Where did you find the tent?"
"I made it out of palm branches and some vines."
I was so tired I couldn't even talk, I think he knew this and held me in his arms until I was asleep. Then he carried me over to the shelter and covered me up his jacket.
When I woke up, Jared was fast asleep wrapped up in saddle blankets a few feet away from me. There was no sign of Jake or Ken, so I asked Marcy where they went. She replied, "They said they were going to find some food, Ken already found some coconuts."
"When are the supposed to be back?"
"You're very worried about them, is there something you aren't telling me?" She said with a grin.
"Oh! I see, you like Jake don't you!
I smiled and blushed a little, "Yeah, I have a feeling he likes me too.
"He sure hangs around you an awful lot!
"Yes, he always holds on to me like he's going to lose me..."
At that moment Jake pokes his head in the tent, "Look what we found!" He smiled and held out some sort of crayfish. "Nice! Where did you catch them?" I asked.
"There is a large pond about a quarter of a mile away from here. Ken and I stopped for a rest there, but we soon got thirsty.
"So you took a drink?"
"Not right away, we watched first.
He smiled at me and said, "I was going to say watched the horses."
"Zippi and Maggie first found it. Ken and I figured we should take them with us."
"That's good! Zippi is really smart, he wouldn't drink salt water."
We both smiled and walked toward the horses. They were munching on some wild grass.
"Could I take you up on those horse lessons tomorrow?"
"Sure, I think that would help us a lot. They can pull things and love to be ridden."
Jake took my hand in his and sat down near the horses. I said, "So, we have no idea where we are and we have no means of communication. I'm worried Jake."
He proceeded to put his arms around me and whispered in my ear, "Don't worry, I will never let anything happen to you. I love you, more than you think.
I felt his fingers slip through my hair as he leaned forward to kiss me.
The next morning found me laying in the sand with a saddle blanket covering me. I looked around for Jake and noticed he was petting Imp. I walked over to him and put my hand on his shoulder, "Would you like to go for a ride?" He turned, smiled and said, "I don't think just sitting around is going to do us any good. I'll tell Ken we are going to ride along the beach.
"Ok, I'll get the horses tacked up." As I walked over to Zippi I noticed his tack as already on him. So, I tacked up Imp and warmed her up along with Zippi. When Jake came back I asked, "Did you tack up Zippi for me?
"Yes, I noticed he was your favorite. I figured I would try to help you out.
"How did you know how to do that?
"I read your book, the one you were reading on the plane. You may want to check the girth though.
"Thanks! Let's mount up and go look for some supplies.
I quickly ran his stirrups down and did the same to mine. "Thanks." He whispered in my ear.
We mounted up and walked down the long beach, the sun just surfacing above the vast ocean.