Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Dyluck would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Seven Adrift

By Dyluck All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Romance

The Cruise

Kate stood on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, completely naked as she watched the setting sun. Her eyes were blank and listless, body thin as her dirty blond hair blew in the breeze. She’d lost track of how much time she’d spent stranded on the island. Weeks. Months. Years. She didn’t know.

All she knew was she was the only one left alive.

It was supposed to be a simple vacation. Kate and her friends had just graduated high school, and figured a celebratory cruise was in order. The idea originally came from Kate’s friend Becky. Becky knew Kate hated water, but somehow managed to convince her to come along. There were six in total taking the trip: Kate, Becky, their friend Kim, Kim’s friend Lacey, Lacey’s boyfriend Ted, and Ted’s friend Bill. They didn’t know each other that well, but over the days at sea they got along well.

The cruise went on as expected. Partying, drinking, and carrying on all took place. Becky and the others enjoyed themselves, but Kate was never much of a partier. She’d just as soon spend the night reading as going out on the town. It’s not like she hated socializing, she just wasn’t a party animal like her friends.

As Kate sat alone on the balcony of her cabin, she sighed, staring out at the afternoon horizon. She’d finally managed to slip away from her friends, each of them working on their third and fourth bottles of Kahlua. Kate didn’t drink, and was always stuck being the responsible one when out with friends. She sighed, ultimately regretting her decision to come along.

“Damn cruise. If only this boat would sink,” she said under her breath. She didn’t mean it, of course. She was just letting off steam.

But just as she spoke, a violent crash rocked the ship.

Kate suddenly lost balance, nearly falling from the deck chair she was sitting on. She looked across the balcony, screams coming from all over the ship. As Kate stood in shock, a second crash shook her surroundings, the ground slowly tilting beneath her feet. As screams echoed from a distance, the ship began to tip.

Kate!” a girl shouted, bursting through the cabin door.

Becky!” Kate replied. “What’s going on?!”

“I don’t know! I think the ship hit something!” Becky exclaimed.

Kate moved to the door, she and Becky poking their heads into the hall. Panic ensued in all directions, people running through the corridors as chaos filled the ship.

As Kate and Becky watched in fright, a third crash tore through the ship, the girls shrieking as the boat tilted further and further. The two looked to the balcony, suddenly struggling toward it with all their might. The way things were going, the boat would likely capsize, and the two were on the east end of the ship. The ship’s west side was taking on water, and if they could reach the east balcony, they’d be the last to submerge. Kate was closest, and reached the balcony first. Becky tripped, however, falling to the other side of the room.

Becky!” Kate yelled.

Becky struggled to her feet, now standing on the west end of the cabin. The ship continued tilting, the room now at a forty-five degree angle. Becky climbed across the cabin, barely reaching the balcony moments later. As the ship tilted further, Becky slipped, Kate grabbing her at the last second. Kate held onto Becky for dear life, her other hand latched firmly to the balcony railing.

As the two barely hung on, the ship shook once more, suddenly beginning to sink into the sea. Kate and Becky shrieked, the boat quickly submerging beneath the waves. As seawater flooded the room, the force of the sinking ship sucked the two deep into the ocean. Kate tried to swim away, but found herself held back by Becky. Kate looked over, Becky panicking as her foot was caught in debris. Kate tried to break free, but Becky held on tight, face full of terror as she suddenly breathed in water. As Kate watched Becky drown, she cringed, finally breaking free before swimming from the room.

She swam toward the surface, struggling against the crushing weight of the water. She swam and swam, heart pounding as she raced toward the sun. As her lungs were just about to burst, Kate reached the surface, catching her breath as she warily treaded water. She looked down, frowning as she recalled what happened to Becky. She sobbed, left by herself amidst the ocean. Panicked, she looked around, suddenly spotting an island off in the distance. She began to swim, steadily treading her way toward the shore.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...

MegaRogueLegend666: I love this story so much. It's impossible to describe my excitement with each new chapter in words. The author has such a good writing style, very good descriptions of the fighting and character descriptions/emotions. the plot is also amazing! This fanfic could be a side anime show or novel ......

Atractivo Sumit: The story is an amazing blend of what we call natural, plain romance along with subtle emotions and interesting twists. The plot is so beautifully interwoven.

Dru83: This is perhaps my favorite part of the Olafson story just because it is here that were are introduced to his "gang". The characters are so diverse and complicated that each of them could just about spawn their own story. Eric's buddies are just so captivating and the plot just rolls along. Again...

heavyreader: great scifi novels but needs a better spell checker (check auto-substitution level) and grammar checker!!! otherwise, ready for mass market publishing!!

sunshinebennybear: First, I would like to address the elephant in the room. The author forgets her own character's names. She mixed up Liam for Jace, Harri for Maiya, and Freya for Clary. I love The Mortal Instruments as much as the next fangirl, but I find myself unforgiving about this. Throughout the story there ...

jessiehs: This was absolutely amazing. I loved how it went back and forth between perspectives. I actually cried at the end I was so happy. This was amazing. I can't even think of another word to describe it. Thank you for writing his.

Tiffany Thomson: This story is not something I would normally pick up and read but I'm so glad I did, I wasn't able to put it down and my husband was yelling at me at 3am to put it down and go to bed (just waited for him to doze back off before picking it back up) I really hope Natalie brings out another book eit...

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

More Recommendations

CurlyRed: I read this entire book in just under 4 hours I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! i found myself emotionally attached to the characters and making personal connections that i had never experienced before while reading a book! I was constantly wanting to read more, every chapter left me on a cliff hanger tha...

Flik: Hi! ^.^ huge fan of yours on ff.net! When I saw the note about this contest on The Way We Smile, I couldn't help but rush over here, create an account, and vote! XD Seriously love this story and would recommend it to anyone! :D best FT fanfiction out there. Amazing story, amazing concept that wa...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."