Awoken by cold water sloshing against his face. He winced. Then rubbed his salt-filled pupils. Blinking tears until his vision cleared to light blue skies, surrounded by a flat calm ocean and was nothing more than a floating speck in the middle of nowhere.

Clenching his jaw to stop the panic. Controlling his breathing with deliberate steady intakes he went over the memorised captain’s ‘Stranded at Sea’ survival manual.

Still with his wits about him but in time, confusion would become an ally. Headaches would arrive, soon followed by motion sickness. Licking his cracked lips he noted the first sign of dehydration. A salt rash irritated his neck and shoulders where the life jacket rubbed against the skin knowing boils would soon appear.

Hypothermia, he’d survived, so far. But his fingers were puffed-up like boiled pork sausages and it wouldn’t be long and his body would bloat from exposure.

He had to survive the day and contend with sunburn that would cause his skin to crack and bleed, and try not to attract sharks.

Kicking his legs out beneath him he felt every singular hair follicle. It was as if they were being ripped out from his sensitized, briny soaked skin, unleashing shock waves over his entire being, his heart pounding in his ears, head back his screams echoed around him.

Then he floated. Unmoving. Just breathing.

The sea air was strong against his singed sinuses, but it was the smell of deception that burned more. Clenching his teeth, flexing his hands into fists to get the blood flowing, as memories of last night passed through his mind’s eye.

The first mate stirred that pot by turning the crew and it’d been a modern day mutiny on his own ship. Tossed overboard like fish burly, by rookie wannabe pirates, suffering cabin fever found in manipulated dumbasses.

Soon to be dead dumbasses.

All night he’d deliberated on elaborate malicious plans. Intricate strategies perfected in retaliation of their treachery. Ensuring every single crew member would suffer in their own unique way. It’s what kept him alive.

He needed to prevent sunburn and cover his eyes to combat partial blindness, another expected side effect from reflective sunlight, and needed to suspend his gruesome death by seawater. With measured movements, he found nothing in his pockets. There hadn’t been time to grab anything, only wearing shorts and his own personal lifejacket. For now it was just wait, plan his revenge and drift with the tide.

When a whirring mechanical noise echoed in the distance. Shielding his eyes from the rising ball of dreaded sky-fire, he spotted a large, black, fast moving object coming towards him.

Thank god – a helicopter.

Sighing with relief he smiled. He might be a pirate – but he was a modern day pirate and the EPIRB attached to his lifejacket obviously worked and knew he’d have his vengeance.

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