I was playing at the back part of the ship that we were cruising on for our short trip to El Nido, Palawan when all of a sudden…
“Mom, Dad… help!” I cried when I fell from where I was.
It would be a few rapids away and we would be docking at the nearest port, when I accidentally slid off along the stern to the sea while reaching for my brand-new PlayStation Portable or PSP. If only I were able to carry my orange life jacket or rubber ring, I would no longer be in this state of immediate danger.
I wanted to calm myself as much as possible but no matter how much I tried, my mind already panicked. It blinded me from all the possible things I could think of at the moment.
“M—om! D—ad!” I wasn’t able to scream gradually as I was being distressed by the waves to be eventually lured by the sea. The freezing seawater even contributed more to the fear and foreboding anxiety that I was feeling. Not to mention that the cruise ship was already sailing far away from me.
I didn’t know how to swim and I already drank too much of saltwater, but I was still trying to pull myself up while raising my hands, even though I was descending after all. I was still hoping that someone could see me in my current situation—silently praying that someone could save me in case my parents wouldn’t be able to do so.
I was still young. I wanted to live and enjoy life to its fullest. But as the waves continued to lure me, I started to lose my breath and cognizance. It came to a point that I began to give up my chances of survival. I slowly shut my eyes as I already accepted my fate. Whether I liked it or not, I would be going to face my death right at this moment.
But before everything went black, I knew, I saw a golden object… something that was shimmering from afar.