We had dove underwater several times, looking at the wonderous things beneath us. Everything was perfect! Then, I noticed Josh wasn't anywhere near me. I raised back up and saw him a few feet away from me. He looked like he was staring intently at something.
"What are you looking at?" I asked curiously.
He didn't answer me. I swam over to him and tapped him on the shoulder. He looked up at me and I almost screamed.
Josh had blood coming out of his mouth and was gasping for air. I looked down at his side and noticed he had been impaled by a jagged piece of rock.
"Oh God! Josh...Josh, focus on me. We need to get you help...where did you put our bags?"
He gasped again and began speaking in a low, barely audible whisper. "I...I...over on those...r...rocks." He was having a hard time staying afloat and I began panicking.
"Ok..ok..Josh, I'm going to slowly push you over to the rocks so you won't drown." He nodded to let me know that he understood me. I didn't want to hurt him, so I wrapped my arm around his shoulders, loosely, and began to swim both of us to shore.
All of a sudden, he yelled out a horrific scream and began gasping for air. "Almost there, Josh. Try to ignore the pain...um....what's my nickname?"
He quit gasping for a few seconds and said, "Button."
I smiled down at him and said, "Good. That's right...we're almost there."
Luke was enjoying the view of the top of the cliff he was at, when April came back from behind some trees. "Did you finish your business?"
"Shut up. I don't want people to hear that!" She playfully smacked him on the arm and stood beside him. "Do you think they're ok? They've been gone awhile."
"They're fine, April! Let them enjoy themselves."
She looped her arm through Luke's and said, "I'll try...it's just...I don't want anything happening to my little girl."
He smiled and replied, "April. I understand but she's not a little girl anymore."
"You're right. I keep forgetting that."
He planted a soft kiss on her forehead and said, "C'mon. Let's start making our way back down."
I had carried both of us up onto the rocks and carefully laid Josh on his other side, so the rock wouldn't go any further. "Ok, Josh. I'm going to get my cellphone and get you some help."
"Button...I guarantee there's no service down here."
His gasping had slowed down and I noticed how weak he looked. "When did this even happen? I didn't hear you yell out in pain or anything!"
"I don't know, baby...and I did yell out. You were underwater."
I plopped down onto a rock and tried calling my mom's cell. Of course, Josh was right. There was no service.
"I can't get a signal." Sitting my phone down, I began quitely crying and Josh heard me.
"Button...don't cry, please."
I wiped away my tears and said, "I'm sorry, Josh. I just...don't know what to do! I can't lose you."
"You're not going to lose me, baby. I'll make sure of that."
I sighed and asked, "How can you make sure? You don't even know if you'll be alright!"
"You have to have faith, Button. Try your phone again."
Wiping the remainder of my tears, I dialed my mom again. Still, I didn't get a signal. When I was about to give up, I had an idea.
I stood up and got to the edge of the water. "What are you doing?" Josh asked with his eyes barely open.
"I'm going to try to reach 911. They could send help to us!"
Sitting in the lobby, Luke and April sat at a table drinking coffee. They had been sitting there for two hours and April had grown worried.
"They shoud've been back by now...what if something happened?"
Luke took a sip of coffee and replied, "April, honey, you need to calm yourself. What could go wrong?"
"I can think of a bunch of situations!"
He chuckled and said, "Well don't. Have some fun like they are!"
April sighed and said, "Fine...I will, but I'm going to try to call her first."
She stood up and walked out to the back patio. She didn't even have time to speak.
"Hi honey. I know you're probably having too much fu--"
"No! Mom, we need you to send some help! Josh has been impaled by a jagged piece of rock and we're stranded!"
April almost dropped the phone. "What?! How did you get stranded??"
"We were on the tour boat and...fell off."
April was already walking back into the lobby towards Luke when she said, "We're on our way. Go ahead and try to dial 911."
Luke looked at April with a worried expression and mouthed 'what happened?' April didn't answer but instead asked, "Do you know where the underwater cave tours are?"
He nodded and said, "Yeah. I'm going to tell the patrol officers what's going on...wait what is going on?"
Still on the phone, April told her daughter, "Honey. I'm going to hang up and you call 911...tell Josh to hold on!"
I hung up and immediately dialed in 911.
"911, what's your emergency?"
My voice was shaky over the phone. "Um..my boyfriend and I are at Bad Canyon falls in the underwater cave. We...fell off the tour boat and he got stabbed with jagged piece of rock."
"Your boyfriend is impaled?"
Growing frustrated, I said, "Yes! He is losing alot of blood and can't get a good breath."
"Ok, stay calm Ma'am. What is your name?"
"Nicole Bishop," I said through the phone.
"Alright Nicole, I have been told that there are patrolmen already making their way towards your location. Are you injured?"
"No. Just my boyfriend."
The woman on the other line was typing in something and then she asked, "What is his name?"
Right before I hung up the phone, we saw a spotlight and a rescue boat coming our way.Without lookingat Josh, I said,"Josh. You're going to be fine!"
When he didn't answer me, I glanced over and saw that he was unconscious! "Josh! Stay with me, baby, please." I stood and waved down the boat.
"Hey! Over here! Please hurry! He's unconscious!"
The boat docked over at the rocks and the rescue men brought out a stretcher. They immediately lifted Josh up and placed him on his side on the stretcher.
A tall, younger-looking rescue men walked over to me with a clipboard. "Ma'am, can I have your name please?"
"I'm Nicole Bishop." I said while watching the other men load Josh on the boat.
He wrote that down on the clipboard and said, "I need you to tell me what happened."
"With all due respect, sir, I would like to wait until we're out of this cave and I know that he's ok."
The worker gave me a reassuring smile and said, "Of course, Nicole. Right this way."