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Marine Sixteen
By Sunayna A Prasad
Saturday, December 11, 2010

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A girl gets out on a boat trip for her sixteenth birthday. She then gets separated by a storm and ends up with a talking whale


Isabella Rodriguez woke up in the cool weather of Port Angeles, Washington. Today was her sixteenth birthday. Her plan to celebrate was to go out into the ocean on her family’s center console boat since they lived near the beach.
            Isabella hopped out of bed, pulled off her pajamas, put on skinny jeans, a white tank top, and a black hoodie since it was only April seventeenth. She then pulled her long, waist-length, dark brown hair into a high ponytail. After brushing her teeth, she walked downstairs and helped herself with some Lucky Charms and milk, a banana, and a blueberry muffin. As she started to eat, she heard footsteps coming down from the staircase.
            “Good morning, Isabella,” said a man’s voice. “Oh and happy birthday.”
            Isabella turned around and saw her father Alfonso Rodriguez. He had wild curly black hair and was still wearing his pajamas.
            “Eating breakfast?”
            Isabella nodded.
            “Mom, Carolina, and Justina will be down soon. Do you have any plans for your birthday?”
            “Can we go out into our center console for a sea trip?”
            Nearly two hours had passed since Isabella and her father finished speaking to each other. The whole family was now in the car to move the boat to where the dock was.
            “Everyone all buckled up?” asked Isabella’s mother, Elena Rodriguez. She had long curly brown hair past her underarms and a face full of freckles.
            “Yes,” the three daughters answered. Isabella was sitting in the middle. Her sister Justina was twelve and had long, wavy, dark brown hair midway down her back and wore glasses. Carolina was ten and had long black hair barely past her underarms. Isabella was the oldest.
            The Rodriguez family drove over to the beach which was only half a mile away. Once there, they did everything to move the console to the dock. Once that task was complete, they put on life vests, and Alfonso started the engine. The boat had taken off.
            Within minutes, the boat was out in the water. There were a lot of sea otters in the water.
            “Oh my god, there are sea otters!” exclaimed Carolina.
            “Cool, I’ve gotta get a picture,” said Isabella.
            Isabella held out her camera and took a picture of the otters.
            “Crab cakes, anyone?” asked Elena. Isabella and Carolina turned around. Their mother was holding a tray of miniature bite sized crab cakes.
            “Thanks, Mom,” said Isabella. She and Carolina grabbed some crab cakes.
            “Justina, are you reading?” asked Carolina, noticing Justina with a magazine over her face.
            “What, is there anything wrong with reading on a boat?”
            “No, it’s just that…”
            The water was beginning to get choppy and the waves were starting to increase in size. The whole Rodriguez family noticed and was starting to become frightened. Would this be the last birthday for Isabella?
            “Do you suspect a storm or even worse, a tsunami?” asked Isabella.
            “I hope not,” said Elena.
            Matters got worse! A huge wave tipped over the entire boat which caused a huge splash and crash. The Rodriguez family was now floating out in the open ocean in their life vests with humungous waves dominating their surroundings.
            “What are we gonna do?!” cried Carolina.
            “I don’t know!” shouted Alfonso. “Hopefully not drown!”
            Then all of a sudden, Isabella felt some heavy force push her away from her family. She screamed.
            “ISABELLA!!!!” the Rodriguez family screamed as Isabella got pulled away by the heavy force.
            Isabella was still being forced away by the heavy force. After the force stopped, the ocean was calm again. Isabella looked down and saw a humpback whale. She began to swim away.
            “Don’t swim away,” said a male voice. Isabella turned around to look for the voice.
            “It’s me, the whale.”
            The whale raised his head out of the water.
            “W-why do you need me?” Isabella asked nervously.
            “I needed a human to help me with saving my mother. Yes, she’s done with me, but I need your help since she’s washed up on the shore. When the ocean became aggressive, it pushed my mother out of the ocean.”
            “Why did the ocean become aggressive?”
            “Because of an octopus. I saw him pull a huge rock out of an underwater volcano. When that rock gets pulled out, the volcano erupts and causes the ocean to become aggressive. Also, if you’re wondering why I can talk, it’s because some marine biologist was also a wizard and to study sea creatures, he decided to make them talk. I was one of them he made talk.”
            Isabella heard a moan from a faraway distance.
            “Is that your mother?”
            “I believe so,” said the whale. “Oh you haven’t gotten my name. The marine biologist slash wizard named me Seymour. So just call me what he named me.”
            Isabella just nodded. 
            “Get in front of me,” said Seymour. “I’ll need to push you to shore.”
            Isabella swam in front of Seymour. Right after that, he pushed her for miles until they finally reached the shore. Isabella noticed a bunch of people pushing a humpback whale back into the water.
            “Seymour, is that your mother?” asked Isabella.
            “Yes,” he answered. “But I must say nothing if I don’t want to shock those people with my ability to talk.”
            Isabella and Seymour just watched the people on the shore push Seymour’s mother back into the water. Once she was back into the water, Isabella heard her mother’s voice call her name. Isabella turned her head and saw a helicopter lowered near the surface of the water. She saw her mother, father, and two sisters inside.
            “Grab onto my hand, Isabella!” cried Elena. Isabella grabbed her mother’s hand and got pulled into the helicopter. As it took off, Isabella continued to stare at Seymour.
            “Thank you, Seymour,” she whispered.
            “We’re so glad to have you back with us, Isabella,” said Alfonso.
            “Thank you, dad.”
            Once the Rodriguez family was back at home, they got changed into regular clothes, and gathered around the table to celebrate Isabella’s birthday.
            “Elena, do you have the cake?” asked Alfonso.
            “Yep, it’s on the counter.”
            Elena brought out a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache icing and the words “Happy Birthday Isabella!” written in light blue icing. Elena placed the candles on the cake and lit them.
            “Okay, Isabella, make a wish.”
            Isabella blew out the candles and the whole family applauded. Isabella then cut the cake and served herself a piece. Everyone else did the same thing with their slices. They sat and enjoyed their slices of cake. Isabella would never forget her marine sixteenth birthday with the boat ride, aggressive ocean, Seymour the whale, and time with her family. What a day!



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