January, 13, 2012
Yesterday we sailed to the island of Culbrita. Our new cruising friend Toby who is 11 also sailed over with his parents. We met Toby back in Culebra. Toby has been sailing on his boat Windswept for about six years now. Well anyways we woke up to the sound of goats bahhhhing. We got up and called Windswept on the VHF radio to see if they wanted to go ashore to the beach. Of course they said yes, so we got in the dingy and went ashore. When we got there it was high tide so we couldn’t really do anything on shore so we went spear fishing. It was really hard but there’s this fish called the box fish and it’s like a puffer fish with a flat bottom. I got real close to it and……. BAM! I hit it. The spear would’ve gone straight through its stomach but it had armored plating or something. When we where done spear fishing we went for a hike.
The wind blew against the back of my head. We had climbed to the top of the island and we went into this abandoned red brick lighthouse. It was kind of creepy, but not too interesting. Then we walked down the other side of the island and went to a big beach that was really rough so we left to go back to Culebra because on Culebrita there’s supposed to be a big northern swell tonight so the anchorage would be rolly.
January, 11, 2013
Today was my first day of school. It wasn’t as good as CRMS, but it was better than home schooling. Now that I’m back in school I feel much better because I have friends (plus my dad isn’t the teacher.) Well anyway its much better than home schooling. Yesterday we went to school and it was awesomely crazy. When we got there we had homeroom for 15 minutes then we had our half hour snack. After that we went to science and studied energía which is Spanish for energy. Then we had social studies which had nothing to do with history. Then we had lunch and the drinks came in small floppy sacks. Then we had an hour long recess and then school was over at 1:30 because the teachers had a reunion, which my dad says means a meeting. Pretty weird school huh? The classes are all in Spanish. Only about three kids in the school could speak English fluently. So I had to switch from English to Spanish because some people couldn’t understand me. Luckily I made some friends so I wasn’t sad and lonely.
December 31, 2012
New Years eve and my birthday! Overall I think Honeymoon Bay has been my favorite place so far. It has plenty of kids and things to do. Yesterday there was a big New Years party and it was my birthday. We had a big party with cake. It’s really been better now that I have friends to play with down here in the West Indies. I’ve been having so much fun I don’t want go to Culebra for school. There’s just so much more stuff to do here. Another reason why I don’t want to leave is because I personally think I’m doing just fine in home schooling. But Dad says I have to learn Spanish more fluently. But hey, at least I’m not cold back in Maine.
Chapter 3 The Woods
“Well somebody’s grumpy this morning.” I teased as Jack sat up with seaweed in his hair. “Shut up Ian, it’ll only be a matter of time before I find something to bust your chops about!” he growled. “So how’d ya’ sleep? I couldn’t sleep one bit.” I told him. “Well I slept like a strand of seaweed.” He snickered. Jesse and Parker had been looking for supplies but apparently hadn’t found anything when they came back with empty hands. “Well look who’s up.” Parker said. “Lets go into the woods today!” Jesse said excitedly. “Whoever votes we go into the woods say aye!” Parker said. Of course I was the only one to say no. About 15 minutes later we where off the beach and in the woods. This place didn’t seem normal. It just had a strange aura of negative power…… it almost felt cursed. We walked for about 30 minutes discussing things that had happened on our adventure and things that might happen next. Then we arrived at the dead man.
There right in front of us there was a skeleton in ragged clothes. His bleached bones were as white as milk. He was hanging two feet of the ground with his neck in a tight noose. “Let’s check for supplies!” Parker said. “Maybe even some money!” Jack shouted with joy. Jesse stood back. “Guys this doesn’t feel right. Don’t steal from him, he could be cursed.” Jesse said worriedly. “Pffft!!! Yeah right you’re just trying to scare us!” Jack said reaching out to touch the skeleton. As soon as Jack touched it, we heard a twig snap somewhere in the brush……….
Chapter 4 Attacked
………………… “Uh guys what was that!?” Parker said. “Nice going Jack.” I said. “Ow!” Jack suddenly yelped. I looked down and saw a short man with a small sword. I cringed. That short guy really creeped me out. “The knife.” I said impatiently holding my hand out ready to take it from Parker. He handed me the knife we found in the treasure chest and I lunged at the short man slicing him in half. When I killed him I expected him to fall over dead, but instead he melted like a candle would. “Guys I think he’s made out of wax.” I said. Then we heard what sounded like the war cry of an Indian. All of a sudden about fifty short people burst out of the bushes with their weapons at the ready. I picked up the sword of the short man, which was the size of a large dagger, and gave it to Jesse. We all jumped into battle stomping and jabbing, slowly winning. Soon we were killing, and just as fast as they where melting. We all had weapons and there were only about two dozen wax men left. “Ian! Behind you!” Jack yelled. I spun around and saw a bunny made of wax with claws at least a foot long bounding straight towards me. I had one second to think about this. I mean really! A spiked war bunny? It was twenty feet away, now ten. As it got about one foot away I jumped over it and landed behind it. It spun around and I had to back up to avoid a blow from one of it’s claws. Jack approached it from behind. When he got close it turned around and swiped his dagger out of his hands. While it was occupied with Jack, I stabbed it from behind and it slowly melted away. “That was way to close for comfort.” Parker said. “Let’s go back to the beach.”