Riding The Waves

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cris's challenge: Nikki was attacked by a shark when she was 16 and she still has flashbacks and a huge phobia of the ocean. Can she get over this fear, or will she always remain a sucker for the ocean?

"Nikki, d'you want to go surfing?" Hallie asked me. I shook my head politely, even though my heart was hammering inside. I had always had this thing for oceans. I stay away from the ocean, it stays away from me. But apparently that wasn't the case when I was 16, two years ago. I used to love the ocean, surfing every weekend. But then…..well I can never forget that terrifying moment.

My feet were safely strapped to the board. I was surfing in the huge waves, zigzagging this way and that. That's when something lunged at me. At first, I couldn't tell what it was. Its enormous jaws snapped at my foot, in vain. I yanked my foot away, terrified. But it kept lunging at me. The surfboard carried me with the waves, closer and closer to it. And at that moment, I saw what it was.

A shark.

I tried screaming for help. The lifeguard perked up, and seeing me, I could see that he panicked. Anybody else who was surfing immediately cleared off, leaving me alone. The lifeguard was making his way to me, but I could see that he couldn't save me in time. I could only do the humanly thing possible. I left my surfboard. I used all my swimming skills, thanking God that I had won all those medals and trophies for swimming. But the shark was much faster. It caught up to me and tried biting me again. Unfortunately, my foot got caught between his gargantuan teeth, and-well the next part still hurts, but he pulled on my toe. I completely passed out.

I woke up in a hospital room. The lifeguard had arrived and killed the shark. How? He stuck a spear in it, and it took quite a lot of jabbing and use of arm muscle, but he had saved me. I was alive, except for my missing toe. At first, I was shocked. How could I go to the beach with my sandals? It would be disgusting! But slowly, I gained courage. I began walking, going to school, basically being normal again. But the flashbacks still sting me. And I haven’t touched the ocean ever since.

And here I am, with my two best friends, Hallie and Debbie. It was all too sad that I had to reject their offer. But a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, right? So wrong. "Come on, Nikki! Just because-"

Now I was really livid. "I'm missing a toe for God's sakes! Please don't tell me that it's something small. You don't know anything!"

Debbie shook her head and cocked her head. "Nikki, don't you see? That was one time. You seriously can't accept all your life to be a mistake, can you? Don't you just want to enjoy college life?"

I thought about it for awhile, but I wanted to enjoy college life-with all nine toes of mine. "Look, guys. You just go there and have fun. I'll have fun….reading Wuthering Heights."

Hallie rolled her eyes. "God, Nikki. You seriously can't want to read an assigned book. That's so-so-weird of you!"

I smiled pitifully-for them. "Weird is my middle name."

Debbie grabbed one hand, Hallie the other. They pulled me up and didn't allow me to utter a protest. "Go." They said, pushing me to the shallow waters. To be honest, I was more scared than death itself. "Please, guys! I'll do anything you want! Just don't make me go there." Hallie shook her head firmly. Were they trying to kill me? Looked like it. “Just try it, Nikki. Nothing will happen to you. Trust me.” Debbie said, touching my arm.

Trust me. I had heard that you should never believed in that false, pretend line. Trust me. But I did trust Hallie and Debbie. Because they were my best friends. “Okay. But if I…..you know, you are so dead.” I said, finally. I inhaled deeply, forgetting to exhale, so I was coughing all over the place. I strapped the surfboard to my foot, and waded into the waves. I waited for a big one to hit, and when it did, I stood up. Hallie started clapping, while Debbie just gawked. Slowly, I started gaining speed, and I swerved in and out of the waves, the fresh water splattering against my face.

I could feel the cool wind brush my hair, slapping my face. And you wouldn’t guess it! My fist unraveled to become free and normal. I raised my arms up-and fell. I panicked, of course. My head swiveled around, looking for sharks. But there were none. My board was yanking at my foot, and I acquainted with it once again. I held myself steady as I got back on the board and began surfing. Debbie seemed to have recovered from her shocked expression, but Hallie didn’t seem surprised at all. I continued with enjoying myself, just having the best timed I could ever have.

And I did.

“Wow! See, I told you! You had fun!” Debbie was boasting to me, patting my back. Hallie kept quiet, but I knew that she felt like boasting as well. “So, are you coming surfing tomorrow?” Hallie asked, finally, as we rounded to my street. I smirked and tilted my head to the ocean. “You’ll see me riding the waves, with all nine toes on my feet.” Debbie, Hallie, and I all giggled together, heading inside my house.

After having dinner with my best friends, they had left. I was alone now, well, except for my mom and dad. I strolled to my attic, which I had not visited for eons. I smiled as I saw my dusty surfboard, lying in the corner, by itself. Nothing but collecting dust. I picked it up, blew off the dust, and tucked it under my arm. I walked to my bathroom and dumped the surfboard in the basin. I had a feeling that this baby would be very clean from now on.

Submitted: January 07, 2009

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awww i love the ending. that would be terrifying, to have a shark attacking you. lol how did he manage to get only her toe? couldnt they have reattached it? i saw this show on tv once where a kid was attacked by a shark and his uncle killed it-i dont remember how!-and then the paramedics cut the shark open and took the kid's arm out and then reattached it. sry that was way off topic. anyways, so horrifying. and man, the lifeguard didnt get there in time!!! at least it ended well, with her enjoying her friends and surfing again. great short story i loved it!!

Thu, January 8th, 2009 1:17am


Hmm...thanks SO MUCH! Well....I don't think you got off topic, actually. I saw this movie also, a shark bit the girl's foot off. But I don't think they reattached it again. LOL, okay! Have you seen Jaws? Awesome, right? Hehe, WAY OFF-TOPIC, Mel!

Wed, January 7th, 2009 9:30pm


i like it a lot, however the attack was a LITTLE unrealistic. If she was really attacked by a shark, she wouldn't be able to move her foot or try to escape. She also wouldn't have only lost a toe. but amazing writing. :]

Thu, January 8th, 2009 11:23am


Um, thx! She was ATTACKED by a shark in the beginning, but it didn't catch her. That's when she tried escaping. But the shark caught up, and THAT'S when it caught her toe and she passed out. And woke up missing a toe. Get it? LOLZ! It was really fun, this challenge. I wish you'd announce the winner already!

Thu, January 8th, 2009 3:38am



Fri, January 9th, 2009 3:15pm


lolz, laila. Still up? Bad girl!

Fri, January 9th, 2009 7:23am


lol, wonderful story!

Sat, January 10th, 2009 12:39am



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