They also serve
The ship was a large luxury liner with a capacity of about one
thousand passengers. She plied between two very famous countries.
Passengers were fabulously rich. The interior décor was out of this
world. Exquisite. Every inch of the ship was fragrant with elegance.
There were a number of tiny life boats all round the periphery of the
ship. There were more than the number stipulated. No more repetition of
the tragedy of the Titanic in 1910.
It was a happy voyage. Lots of laughter and gaiety. The captain's
table was graced by some of the greats of the financial, political and
the entertainment world. It was a proud ship. Carrying the high and the
mighty. The ship looked at the tiny inconspicuous life boats. You little
midgets are a real misfit in these magnificient surroundings. Just look
at you people, strung up, covered with a gaudy mackintosh.
They should never have put you all on board me. You are of no use. I
can manage without you. I can take these nice people without your help.
Have you seen the insides of me. The cosy cabins, the dining halls,
swimming pools, facilities for many sports, casinos. Have you tiny
monsters seen the elite of the elite strolling on the promenade, on the
deck. The beautiful state of the art marine engines, qualified
engineers, navigators and the smart captain. I admit, there are a few
who bless you. They are offered concealment at times by you-for them to
engage themselves in naughty clandestine activities. All in all my
dangling eye-sores-you are I am sure going to be redundant. You will be
have beens”. “Your yellow life jackets make me very nauseating. “As
always” whispered a life boat.
“As always, conceited hag. Let us be quiet. We know why we are here.
We have been trained to save lives in emergencies with our small friends
the life jackets. Let the haughty witch rave. We ave a reputation in
carrying those lovely humans to safety. We are happy and contented. Even
god Neptune must be wild with her. Just then, there was a slight
swaying. Many ships officers were seen running all over the deck. The
mighty ship was literally dragged. System came alive.” Ladies and
gentlemen this is your first officer. We have just received information
that there is a massive turbulence in the ocean bed around here.
A sudden earthquake in the sea bed. Nothing to panic. Please bear
with us. But people were restless. Most of them were in their cabins.
Some were gazing at the placid sea. The dining hall was a wreck.
Chandeliers down. The grand piano had slid into the liquor bar. Chairs
and tables overturned. Crockery and cutlery strewn all over. Another
accouncement. “Ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain.
We have been informed that the ocean surface is calm. Terrible
turmoil at the bottom. The sea is throwing up all buried debris at the
bottom of the ocean. It is at tremendous force. Please remain in your
cabins. Stay calm.” Suddenly, there was an earsplitting sound. A very
huge corroded piece of a ship's wreckage shot up to the sky and came
down directly on the funnels. There was an unbearable shudder. Smoke
from the middle of the ship. From the engine room. People panicked.
“This is your captain – please take all your valuables and a very few
necessities and come on to the deck. Ladies and gentleman. We are
abandoning ship, repeat we are abandoning ship. We have sent the usual
distress signals. Help is on the way. Please, the life boats will be
lowered. There are more than enough of life boats and life jackets. The
engineers and all crew got in.
The band played ‘Auld Land Syne’ ‘God be with us'. The captain spoke
using a megaphone. Thank you my tiny beauties – my buoyant life jackets
please take my children to safety. Oh dear Neptune receive our people
with open arms - God be with you my beauty. He saluted the ship and
boarded the last life boat. They could hear the drones of helicopters.
The captain swore much later that he heard a tiny lively voice saying”
Bon yoyage your lady ship – remember. They also serve who simply stand