Monday, September 19, 2011

Chapter 4

The cry of fire prompted those at the pool to leave to the now apparent smoke. Nad and Hua Chien ran first, followed by the girls as trails of water visible on every of their steps. They saw a window from the middle room of the left wing burst open and flames danced before them.

“Water,” Nurul whispered, “Get some f***ing water!” and yelled. But Menn had arrived, holding a fire extinguisher and bravely kicked the door open from the inside and battled the fire himself. Ambun followed soon after with another extinguisher and finally, the fire relented. The crowd that gathered outside cheered but the facial expression of both Menn and Ambun soon ceased the crowd’s cheering.

“What?” Hua Chien asked from the outside, whence he was before.

Ambun dashed out of the door and vomited at the floor. Before Menn was a burnt body, and was the obvious source of fire. The body was burnt, but not burnt enough as the face could be recognize. It was Edmond.

Most of cohort 4 sat at the lounge in the middle of the lobby, holding hands. Aine and Ka Phin was sobbing, some were biting their nails, some had restless feet, and above all, Crystal was quiet and stiff.

“Well? Did you get the police?” Nad asked when Julian came in.

“No, we had tried the hotel phone. The line is down,” Julian explained and rubbed his head.

“Can’t we get anyone in the island? A security? Anything?” Leen asked, standing up.

“Susan says there isn’t anyone in the island, but their supply man will come tomorrow at 4pm with a speedboat. That should be our way out and call for the police. Susan, Nik and Shafiq is trying to figure out other means to make a phone call, and figure out why we can’t even have a signal,” Julian said. Nad nodded to the notion and continued biting her nails. No one had any phone signals acquired via their phones since morning.

“Wait, where’s Visha?” Nad asked, siting up straight. It had just occurred to her that Visha was not in the lounge with the rest of the girls.

“I’ll look for her,”Amara said and walked into the cafeteria. Through the glass walls of the cafe, Amara scanned the pool area. Perhaps she had left something at the pool to retrieve it but from far, there was no one there but Amara continued to exit the cafeteria’s back door and walk towards the pool anyways. She looked left and right, but there was no one. Instinctively she looked into the pool and saw a silhouette. Chill ran up her spine. She did not expect to see what she saw.  Visha was lying at the pool’s bottom. 

“Nad.. Nad..NAAD!!!!” she yelled and ran back to the lounge. The first name popped in her head was the swimmer, Nad, who in her (Amara's) logical mind would be able to retrieve Visha. Others got on their feet and stunned at the yelling.

“What?” Nad asked.

“Visha...she’s...she’s inside the pool,” Amara explained, “huh?” was Nad’s only reply, confused by Amara’s statement as others were.

“She’s swimming?” Nad asked.

“NO! GO TO THE POOL!!” Amara yelled. Nad ran, followed by Julian and the rest of the party. Nad saw what Amara was trying to tell her and jumped immediately into the water. Nad dived into the 15 feet depth but it took her too slow to reach the bottom and by the time she reached half, she had to go back up for air.

“Get me huge stones,” she instructed while gasping for air. She pulled herself out of the water. Hua Chien was beside her, telling her that he will jump too as Nad would need help to retrieve Visha. While holding huge stones, they jumped again into the pool and quickly reached the bottom now with ease. Visha was pulled to the surface and all gave her space. Ka Phin, with her Red Crescent background began CPR desperately to resuscitate Visha.

“Don’t tell me she was in the bottom of the pool all this while,” Ah Sze commented. Aine was sobbing even harder, and at the same time, most of the party made a mental calculation of the duration she could have possibly been in the water. It has almost been 30 minutes since the fire and none of them could recall whether she was seen hence. Ka Phin tried for 10 minutes, but still, there was no response from Visha.

“Come on!” Ka Phin cried, and did a chest compression repeatedly but all knew it was too late. Visha is gone. Wendy grabbed Ka Phin, calming her down, and eventually Ka Phin relented and accepted the fact that Visha will never wake up. Ambun took a towel near by and covered Visha from sight.

“This can’t be all accident...can it?” Olivia asked what all were thinking.

PS: No I do not wish you guys harm. Yes, i am a little sick at mind. Nothin personal tho. Lol. Hope you enjoy my little scribble of nonsense to kill of time. 

Clarification: Just in case you guys dunno, a pool with diving tower usually has a special deep pool area, of minimum 13feet depth for divers. It might look normal from outside, but inside the pool, usually there is like a cliff from the shallow area to the deep area. (i suck at explaining)

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