Chapter 3: Part 3

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Chapter 12

 

I am so happy that you are now a Christian!” I said as we were sitting around the remains of the fire, making grass skirts.

“I do feel like a different person,” Sabrina admitted.

“Do you think you will be baptized after we are rescued?” Miranda asked.

“Gosh, I guess I had temporarily forgotten that people would be looking for you guys. I was only thinking that if I had to live the rest of my life on the island, I would be ok because God would provide.”

“I think you will be a great inspiration to people once we get off this island,” Miranda replied. “You will be able to talk about God working in your life.”

“You guys will be able to as well,” Sabrina pointed out. “No offense, but you didn’t survive the storm because you were well prepared and strong swimmers.”

“You’re right. We were saved by God,” I said.

Just then Emily let out a groan.

“I just hope that God saves us again,” Miranda said worriedly.

“Let’s pray,” Sabrina suggested.

“Do you want to pray?” I asked her.

“Are you sure I can do a good job?” she asked worriedly.

“God will listen to anyone’s prayers. Now, go ahead.”

“Lord, I just want to start by giving thanks that I am a Christian. I thank You for providing me with everything I could ever need while on this island. I also give thanks for the friends that came here to lead to me to You. We just all pray for a rescue soon, because Emily really needs help. Amen.”

“Amen.”

“Everything is in God’s hands now,” Sabrina said.

“You’re right.”

We continued working quietly on our skirts. Sabrina finished hers first, but she has had a lot of practice. But Miranda and I finished ours not long after that.

“Put them on,” she said eagerly.

We reluctantly put the skirts on over our shorts. I couldn’t see how Sabrina could stand wearing grass skirts. They were itching and very uncomfortable.

“Now, we are triplets!” she said excitedly.

“Yeah, I guess we are,” Miranda said. She did not sound too enthused.

“I’m going to go inside and get lunch ready. You guys can stay out here and rest a bit.” She went inside the hut.

“I am so taking this off,” Miranda said.

“Leave it on.”

“Why?”

“Sabrina will be hurt. We looked forward to learning how to make them and she likes how we are triplets. Besides, she has to wear the skirts constantly. We can wear them one day.”

“Fine. But I am not wearing this to bed.”

“Just for the day.”

Sabrina came outside carrying coconuts and pineapples and what looked like mangos.

“What is that noise?” she asked.

We all looked up eagerly at the sky.

“A helicopter!” I exclaimed. I jumped up and down and started waving my hands in the air. “Come on, guys!”

All three of us started running around, waving our hands. We waved until we couldn’t see it any more.

“It’s gone,” Miranda said at last. She sat down and looked at the ground. I could tell that she was trying not to cry.

Sabrina also looked disappointed. She had never been so close to being rescued before but now she had to keep waiting. She sat down next to Miranda and put her hand on her.

After awhile, we remembered that we were hungry, and had a silent lunch of the food Sabrina had brought out.

 

Chapter 13

 

“Someone should check on Emily,” Tiffanie said after lunch.

“I’ll do it,” Miranda said.

“I will go with you,” Tiffanie said.

I was left alone. I picked up the remains of our lunch and decided I was just going to throw it in the jungle. But that is when I saw the boat! And the people onboard were waving!

“Are you all right?” a person yelled.

“Yes!” I called back excitedly. This could be the answers to our prayers.

“What are you yelling about?” Tiffanie asked as she came out of the hut. “You are going to wake Emily.”

When she saw the boat, she quickly changed her tone.

“Miranda! Emily! We are saved! There is a boat!”

Miranda rushed out of the hut.

“We are saved!” she exclaimed. She hugged me and then Tiffanie.

I couldn’t believe it. I had waited ten years for this. I was about to go back to civilization! My heart was racing.

The boat pulled up on the beach. Two people onboard jumped off while the driver stayed on.

“Are you girls all right?” the female asked. “I’m so glad all of you are alive!”

“The three of us are fine,” Tiffanie said. “But Emily has a broken leg.”

The two people looked at our legs.

“Are you sure?” the male asked.

“Emily is inside,” Tiffanie told them.

“I thought there were only three of you missing.”

“Sabrina has been missing for over ten years,” Tiffanie said.

“Who is Sabrina?”

“I am,” I said shyly.

“Well, we are going to get all of you back to civilization. Is Emily inside?”

“Yes, but be careful. She has a broken leg.”

“We will. Go ahead and collect anything you want to take back with you and then get on the boat.”

“Is there anything you want to take back with you?” Miranda asked me.

“None of my possessions are really mine. They belong to the island.”

“Then let’s go!”

We got on the boat and then the two people came out, supporting Emily between them. They were pretty much carrying her though because she couldn’t walk.

“We are being rescued,” she said weakly.

“Are you ready to go?” the male asked.

“Yes!” Tiffanie and Miranda said excitedly.

The driver of the boat put it in gear and we started heading away from the island and towards civilization.

I looked behind me as the island got smaller and smaller. Tears started forming in my eyes as I realized that the life was once familiar to me was over. I would never see this island again. I was going to civilization, to uncertainty. And that’s what I wanted right?

“So how did you end up on the island?” the female rescuer asked me as she came to sit beside me.

“There was a storm and the boat started to sink. I drifted in a life ring until I reached the island.”

“Was anyone with you?”

“My parents but I don’t know what happened to them. They never reached the island.”

“How old were you when you arrived?”

“Seven.”

“Do you know how many years you have been on the island?”

“The girls told me that I have been on the island for ten years.”

“How in the world did you survive?” she asked incredulously.

“God saved me. He provided me with everything I ever needed.”

“That is just incredible that you could survive ten years on a deserted island by yourself. You were just a kid when you arrived.”

“What is going to happen to us?” I asked.

“Right now, Phil is letting the authorities know that we found you. They are going to let your parents know that you are safe.”

I knew she was talking about the other girls. No one knew that I was alive. There was no one that was looking for me.

“What is going to happen to me?” I asked.

“I don’t know.”

I spent the rest of the trip praying quietly for the new life I was about to begin.

 

Chapter 14

 

As we approached the shore, I could see the vehicles and people surrounding the dock.

“What’s going on?” Sabrina asked nervously.

“Your disappearance has been all over the news,” Phil said. “Well, maybe not yours, Sabrina but the other girls.”

We pulled up to the dock and the first people to meet us were the paramedics. They came on board and loaded Emily on a stretcher before putting her in the back of an ambulance and driving away.

“Let me through!” someone shouted after the ambulance was gone.

“Mom!” Miranda said excitedly. She got off the boat and started running towards the sound of her voice.

I also got off the boat and held out my hand to Sabrina to help her off. She looked like she really wanted to stay though.

“What now?” she asked after she was on the dock.

I wasn’t paying much attention to her. I was looking around the dock, trying to find my family.

“Tiffanie, are you all right?” someone asked.

I turned around and saw a reporter.

“Tiffanie, what is wrong with Emily?” another reporter asked.

“How did you survive?”

“Who is this with you?”

“Girls,” the woman said as she got off the boat, “you need to come with us.”

“Where are we going?” Sabrina asked nervously.

“You need to get checked out by a doctor,” Phil said. “Tiffanie, your family is going to meet us there.”

I looked over at Sabrina, who looked like she was about to pass out.

“It will be all right,” I whispered. “Just pray. God will get you through this.”

Sabrina nodded but didn’t say anything.

Phil and the woman led us through the crowd of reporters and ordinary people, stopping only to talk to Miranda’s parents to let them know to take Miranda to the hospital. Then, we got into the car and left the dock.

On the way there, I expected Sabrina to be curious of her surroundings and full of questions. But she must have been really scared because she kept her eyes shut the entire time. I think she must have been praying.

We arrived at the hospital and some nurses were upon us, taking Sabrina and me into different rooms.

“Can’t I stay with Sabrina?” I asked the nurse. “She is scared and doesn’t know what is happening.”

“A doctor will be with her shortly,” the nurse said. “She will be all right. Now, go on in.”

The nurse pushed open the door and that is when I saw my mom!

“Mom!” I rushed into her arms and didn’t let go. Both of were crying but we didn’t care if anyone was watching.

“How are you doing?” she asked after awhile.

I let go and sat down so I could look at my mom. She looked like she had lost weight.

“God provided for us,” I said.

“I can see that,” she said with a look at my skirt.

“Sabrina taught us how to make these.”

“Who is Sabrina?”

“She was a girl that we met on the island. She was shipwrecked for ten years. We were able to bring her to God while we were there.”

“That’s great, honey. I can’t wait to hear your stories.”

The doctor walked in then and we ended our conversation.

“Well, Tiffanie,” he said, “it sounds like you had quite the adventure. How are you feeling?”

“I feel just fine. I really don’t need to be here.”

“And I will make that decision for you,” the doctor said with a laugh.

So I reluctantly got on the table so he could decide if I was healthy.

 

Chapter 15

 

The nurse led me to an exam room and handed me something.

“Put this on,” she said.

I looked down at what I was supposed to be changing into. It looked like pajamas.

“Once you change, have a seat on the table and wait for the doctor.”

I thought about asking the nurse to stay with me, but then I remembered that I was probably seventeen, and probably old enough to wait for the doctor alone.

I pulled the pajamas on over my grass skirt. My skirt was so long that you could see it underneath my pajamas.

I hopped on the table and waited nervously for the doctor. I didn’t feel sick. I had lived on the island for ten years and the whole time I felt just fine. Was there something they knew and weren’t telling me?

I felt like running away, but I didn’t even know where to go. And then the doctor came in, stopping me from going anywhere.

“Hi, how are you doing?” he asked as he washed his hands.

“Fine,” I squeaked.

“I’m Dr. Rodriquez,” he said as he held out his hand.

“Sabrina,” I said quietly as I shook his hand.

“So, I heard that you were on that island for ten years. How in the world did you survive?”

He didn’t seem interested in giving me shots so I decided to go with his questions.

“God provided me with everything I ever needed. I used to watch Gilligan’s Island so I knew what to do.”

“While you were on the island, did you ever get sick or seriously injured?”

“Just an occasional scratch. So why do I even need to be here?”

“You have been gone for ten years,” Dr. Rodriquez said. “I just want to make sure that you are healthy, all right?”

It wasn’t all right but I nodded anyway.

“Now, I am just going to listen to your heart,” he said as he put his stethoscope to my chest. “Just relax and take deep breaths.”

I tried doing what he said but I just couldn’t relax. I had no idea what was about to happen to me.

“Now, I am just going to take your blood pressure,” he said as he wrapped the cuff around my arm.

He was treating me like a little kid. I skipped grades for goodness sakes! I may be scared that there is something seriously wrong, but I am not going to be treated like I am two.

“You know, I have been to the doctor before,” I told Dr. Rodriquez. “I was seven when I was shipwrecked, so unless any of this stuff has been invented in the last ten years, I do know what it is.”

“Sorry.”

“It’s all right.”

Dr. Rodriquez got out the little hammer to tap my knees. He saw my grass skirt and stared at it for a second.

“What is going to happen to me?” I asked to get him away from my skirt.

“I don’t know,” he said as he tapped my knees.

“Do you know what is going to happen when you get done?” I asked.

“I think I am supposed to turn you over to Phil and Jamie,” he said as he shined a light in my ears and eyes. “They are trying to get some things figured out right now.”

We were silent as Dr. Rodriquez continued.

“I’m going to need to draw some blood,” he said at last.

“No way! My blood belongs in my body!”

Just then there was a knock on the door and Dr. Rodriquez went to answer it. Phil, and I am guessing the woman’s name was Jamie, were outside.

“How is it going?” Phil asked.

“Dr. Rodriquez is done!” I said and jumped off the table.

“I just need to draw her blood and then we are done,” Dr. Rodriquez said firmly.

“Sabrina, it isn’t going to hurt,” Jamie said as she blocked the doorway. “Now, get back on the table.” She put her hand on me and pushed me back on the table. She didn’t let go of me until Dr. Rodriquez was done.

“Now what?” I asked.

“Well, we are still trying to locate your family so you are going to spend the night here until we figure out where you should go.”

“Stay in the hospital?! But I am not sick!”

One look from Jamie quickly shut me up though. And the next thing I know, I am in a hospital bed.

 

Chapter 16

 

“How are you doing?” I asked as I stepped into Sabrina’s half of the hospital room that night.

She glared at me from her bed, where she was eating her dinner.

“How come they aren’t making you stay?” she asked.

“I have a place to go,” I said as I sat down in the chair next to her bed.

“Why couldn’t I have stayed with you then? They are treating me like I am sick and I’m not. I am just fine.”

“Just give them time to find you a place to stay.”

“What if I am not cut out for civilization?” she asked as tears started falling from her eyes.

I got up and sat down next to her on her bed. “And you determined that after a couple of hours?” I asked.

“Life was simpler on the island. I lived by my own rules. Here, I am required to wear these stupid pajamas and eat this nasty food.

I noticed that she still had her grass skirt on under her gown though.

“Sabrina, it is going to take time. Like we told you on the island, we needed time to adjust to your life. And now you are going to have to adjust to this new life. It is going to take more than a couple of hours or days. And I am sure that you will actually enjoy civilization after you get out of the hospital.”

“Maybe you are right,” she said at last.

“You just need to pray. You are in an amazing position to share your faith with others.”

“We all are. You know, I think you were brought to the island so that you could bring me to God.”

“You could be right. That is one thing we accomplished while we were on the island.”

“So how is Emily doing? I know she is on the other side of the room, but that is all I know.”

“She just got out of surgery. She is asleep right now but her parents are with her.”

“And how about Miranda?”

“She is at home with her parents.”

“Why aren’t you home?”

“Because I knew that you would be all alone. I figured you were probably scared so I told my mom that I was going to come see you for a little while. She was all right with it because I told her that without you, we would probably be dead.”

“Oh, I think you would have figured out what to do without me,” she said modestly.

“You were a huge help though.”

“So what’s next for you?” she asked.

“Well, there are some interviews tomorrow, if you want to do that. Other than that, it will be just returning to my old life. Only now, I have some amazing stories to tell about God’s miracles.”

“Maybe I can be baptized soon,” Sabrina said. “Maybe that will be next on my list.”

“Yeah, let me know when.”

“If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be on speaking terms with God. Of course I will invite you.”

“Listen, I need to be going. I will be back tomorrow. Just keep praying.”

“Thanks for coming. I really appreciate it.”

“Have a good night.”

“You too.”

 

Chapter 17

 

I wasn’t feeling that great. The doctors already knew. They said I wasn’t used to eating certain foods after being on the island for so long. That’s why at breakfast I begged them for bananas and coconut milk. I got toast and applesauce instead.

Tiffanie came and visited me a short while after that.

“How are you doing?” she asked as she sat down.

“Not the greatest,” I said glumly.

“I heard you aren’t feeling well. It will eventually pass.”

“Not soon enough.”

“I know what will make you feel better.”

“What?”

“One sec. I will be right back.”

Tiffanie left my side of the room. I could hear her talking but I didn’t know with who or where.

A minute later, she returned, followed by a young guy. I thought he must be a doctor, even though he wasn’t dressed like one.

“Look, I know I am not feeling the greatest right now but it is just the food. I do not need to see a doctor.”

“Kyle is not a doctor, Sabrina, he is a minister.”

“Oh, sorry,” I mumbled. I was kind of embarrassed.

“It’s all right,” Kyle said kindly. “I can only imagine that this must be a difficult time for you.”

“You are probably not thinking I am a very good Christian right now.” I tried sitting up in bed.

“The important thing is that you want to live your life for God,” he said as he pushed a button on the side of the bed so that I could sit up.

“It might be a difficult time for me,” I said quietly. “I don’t know what this new life will bring.”

“God will be there through it all, the good and bad.”

“About the only positive in my life right now,” I said as some people I didn’t recognize came to my half of the room.

Great, more doctors to annoy me.

“Could we speak to Sabrina for awhile?” one of them asked.

“Of course,” Kyle said kindly. “We will go speak to Emily for awhile. Just let me know if you want to talk again, Sabrina.”

Once Kyle and Tiffanie were gone, two females sat down in the vacated chairs and another female and male stood along the wall.

I was getting the feeling that these people weren’t doctors either because just then a teenage girl came in and stood next to the couple. She looked like their daughter.

“I’m Ms. Daniels,” one of the women sitting said. “And this is Mrs. Thompson. We’ve come to tell you that you have a home!”

I looked at the family standing along the wall. They were smiling nervously at me. I didn’t smile back though. I knew that whoever these people were, they looked like they just wanted to provide a poor, unfortunate girl with a home.

I really didn’t want a home. I had been on my own for ten years. Even though I wasn’t a legal adult, I had had to act like one for years. Why did I need to be restrained now? Why did I have to live by another person’s rules?

Also, I already had a family. I had a mom and dad. These people here would never be my parents. That girl would never be my sister.

“These people have agreed to let you live with them,” Mrs. Thompson said to ease the tension.

“Can I talk to you privately for a minute?” I asked the women.

“Of course.”

“We will be in the hall,” the dad said.

“So what’s up?” Mrs. Daniels asked.

“I am almost eighteen years old! Why do I need a family?”

“Now, Sabrina, I know that you have been away from civilization for a long time. I realize that a lot of things are new and scary, but you just need to trust the Morgans. They are a great family.”

“But I have lived alone for years. I am more of an adult then some adults. I would like to see them survive on a deserted island.”

“You are not an adult legally, Sabrina. So until you turn eighteen, you will live with the Morgans.”

“You will be able to leave the hospital with them in a few hours.”

“Joy,” I mumbled under my breath. But then I remembered that I am a Christian now, and I needed to appreciate what God was giving me.

I couldn’t just walk out of this hospital alone. I didn’t have any money and any place to go. I guess the Morgans could help me get on my feet and then when I turned eighteen, I would be able to do whatever it is that God has planned for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Submitted: September 08, 2014

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