the shouts woke billy from his peaceful sleep on the hammock. He slowly opened his eyes and looked at his watch. he always looked at his watch before getting out of bed, although there was no real reason for him to know the time. It didn’t matter on the ship. He just figured it was a habit from a past life.
“I’m coming!!!” he shouted back. He slowly stood up, got dressed and pored himself a glass of water. He heard the familiar noise of tourist on board. “Excellent, another group!” He though to himself. He finished his water and went up the stairs. The hot eastern sun shun on his tanned face, he put his most charming smile and got on board.
In first glance he saw a pretty regular group, 2-3 families. A few of all age representatives. The ship had place for 24 guests. It was a family adventure trip. Billy loved working with families, No one got to drunk at nights and the adults usually helped the crew in maintaining order. On the other hand there was enough young people to do some rock diving or some light drinking at night.
“This is our first mate Billy” The captain introduced him and Billy bowed his head. He looked over the group. Typical tourist, american judging by the looks of the older ones. A few young boys eager to set sail and see their dreams come true. Two couples of elders, the men looked happy but the women probably were dragged in to this 3 weeks voyage. Three middle aged couples, the core of the family so to speak. And a few college girls on a trip with their family.
Everything looked pretty normal… And then he saw her. Standing among the college girls. He saw pretty tourist on his ship, some of them even were famous models as he learned afterwards, But this girl had something special that caught his eye. Billy decided to shake the feeling off and started his standard safety lecture.
After the lecture the crew showed the guest their quarters, they had a small lunch on deck, and set sail from koh pangan. All of the guests stood on deck and looked to the horizon while the captain steered the ship in to the ocean. It was a interesting sight indeed. The sun starting to set, the beautiful Siam islands everywhere the eye looks and the light warm breeze of the ocean on their faces. Billy stood in this moment so many times before, he couldn’t even count them, and still he didn’t understand what more could he ask for.