Dorothy’s mind was in a hundred places at a time, she was thinking of her parents, of the fact she finally was on a ship but also she was confused about the answer the tall man with a long beard gave her.
“I’m sorry, I thought you didn’t hear the first time, so…” She said trying to look calm and confident.
“No, we did, we just don’t care, but if this is so important to you,” he took a step forward and looked her in the eyes, “Hi Dorothy, I’m Oliver”.
Emotions she never felt before appeared in the moment the young man spoke, she felt her whole body itching and it was hard for her to breathe. She didn’t know exactly what she liked about him, maybe his beard, his height, his eyes, or his clothes, but most probably all of them.
She looked around at the others, a lot of different men, she was shocked that there was so much diversity for haircuts and clothes, because all her life she was surrounded by men looking almost the same. The only woman that was on the ship was cleaning the floor, so Dorothy decided to approach her.
“Hi, do you need help?”
The woman looked at her with an expression Dorothy couldn’t understand, it was a combination of pity and disgust.
“Leave while you still can child.” She answered not even looking up at the girl.
“I don’t want to leave.” Replied Dorothy angrily.
She spent a little time looking around, trying not to annoy or disturb anybody, but when the ship took off she decided to talk to Oliver, so she walked into the cabin and gathered all her courage to speak.
“Hi.” She said, almost in a whisper.
He may be ignored her or didn’t hear her, but he didn’t reply, he just continued looking at the big map that was covering the whole table.
“Can you show me around?” She asked, louder that time.
“I heard you the first time.” He replied still looking down.
He clenched his jaw for a few seconds, moved his eyes upon her without moving any other muscle in his body, Dorothy’s eyes kept falling on his naked chest, and when he saw that he smirked.
“I’m going to tell you a phrase I heard my whole life from women.”
“What?” She said trying to look unbothered.
Her cheeks blushed instantly and she felt ashamed, not ashamed that she looked, but because she got caught. She turned around and walked outside, on the deck, everyone seemed to have their job on the ship, but she didn’t receive hers yet, so she went back into the cabin.
“When are you going to give me a job on the ship?”
He looked up to her and smiled, he looked intrigued and it seemed that the map was no longer an interest for him, he walked away from the table, taking big, quick steps toward her.
“How about you ask the captain for a job, babe?”
“Who is the captain?” She asked, taking a step toward him, knowing that would take her too close to him.
Dorothy’s step made the two of them so close that they could see themselves into each other’s pupils, her heart was beating so fast and strong that even Oliver could hear it.
“Go outside, take some air, your heart is going to jump out of your chest.” He said laughing at her.
She felt anger taking control over her thoughts, so she turn around one more time and went on the deck. She looked around for someone that looked like a captain, but none seemed special so she decided to ask the woman.
Dorothy walked toward her, she was washing some clothes in a big wooden bucket.
“I’m sorry to disturb you again, but where is the captain?”
“Are you fucking kidding? You must be. He’s in the cabin, Oliver, you’ve spoken with him until now. Just leave me alone to do my job. Fucking teenagers.”
Angry with Oliver and also with herself, Dorothy decided to just explore the ship by herself, and she didn’t regret her decision. She was amazed by the beauty of the ship, the sea, the lifestyle, and the people around her.
When the dark came she was lucky enough to be around John, a 19 years old blonde hair boy who helped find someplace comfortable for the night, but just like the other night, the excitement didn’t let her sleep.
The morning began sooner than expected, at 5 a.m. everyone was already on deck doing their tasks, Dorothy got out and looked around for Oliver, but he surprised her by touching her shoulder.
“Looking for me?”
“Hmm, actually no. I was looking for that woman, I want to help her today.”
“That’s your job anyway.” Replied Oliver, turned around, and headed to the cabin.
Dorothy was confused, she couldn’t know if Oliver was just making fun of her or if he was serious, but she didn’t like either way so she ran after him.
“I didn’t come here to clean the deck or after you…you dirty piece of…”
“Hold your words, lady,” he said entering the cabin, “Why did you think you’d do here, that’s your job.”
Dorothy felt like her heart stopped because she felt the seriosity in Oliver’s voice, her head started spinning and her breath was faster than ever.
“Wow girl, you thought you were going to be a pirate,” he said laughing, “Women can’t be pirates, your job on the ship is to clean the deck, and serve me.”
Dorothy was stunned and felt a wave of regrets hitting her.