Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Return to Matainui Day 2

I woke up and unzipped the tent. I stood up outside on the beach and had a huge stretch. I looked up at the sky and the black clouds had seemed to have passed. The sun was rising as I walked back towards the tent. I lay back down in my sleeping bag staring out at the horizon waiting for the others to wake up. "Ben" whispered Jordan. "What, how long have you been awake for?" I asked. "Well, I had a very bad night and struggled to get to sleep". said Jordan. "Should we wake up the others" I asked. "Nah" said Jordan, let's let them have a sleep in. 'I'm hungry, I hope I have some food left from yesterday' I thought as I opened my lunch box. 'Yus' I thought, I've got some juicy grapes left. I started eating them as Marek and Asser woke up almost simultaneously. "Oh Man" said Asser disappointed. I was hoping all of yesterday was a dream. Marek hopped outside the tent and walked down to the water and washed his face. I could hear the sound of birds chirping away in the trees which was interrupted by a loud rustling sound. "What's that" said Asser. "dunno" said Jordan. I turned around and saw it, it was a huge Moa!

"What should we do" I yelled. No one replied. I turned to Marek who was running to his bag. "What are you doing" said Asser. I'm going to catch it, come with me. "No Thanks" said Jordan. We watched in terror as Marek ran with his knife into the bush, chasing after the Moa. I hope he comes out alive" Asser said sarcastically. Marek chased it for a couple of minutes then said "I need help guys". "Okay" I said looking at Jordan's frightened face. "I will as well" said Jordan with a quivery sound to his voice. We turned to Asser, "what" he said surprisingly. "Come on" said Jordan. "Nah" Asser said lazily. We helped for about 4 minutes until we had surrounded it. Marek pulled out his knife and took one swing with the knife then another two until the Moa was lying dead still on the ground. "We've killed it!" Marek yelled to Asser. Asser started making a fire as Marek, Jordan and I took a leg each and heaved it towards the tent where Asser was starting the fire. 'It was a huge Moa, about 80kgs' I thought as we struggled to pull it towards the fire. Asser had just got the fire started as we approached the fire. "Let's skin it" said Marek eagerly. "Ummm no thanks" said Asser as we turned our heads and waited for the the sounds of guts spraying everywhere. After a couple minutes of torture the Moa was ready to be cooked. Marek had cut up certain pieces of the Moa poked a stick through it and slowly turned it until the Moa had turned to a juicy red piece of meat. I could hear my stomach rumbling like an angry Gorilla. Finally the meat was ready, and after I had finished my first delicious mouthful I could not believe how much food was going to mean to us while stranded on the island.

After finishing the Moa we all lay down with a full stomach and talked about what we were going to do for the rest of the day. "Hmmmm" said Jordan. "I wonder where everyone from our class is" he questioned. "We should explore the island" I said. "Okay" said Asser with excitement. "Lets go" said Marek. "I wonder how big the island is" stated Jordan as we struggled to stand up after the huge meal. We started our walk along the soft sand on the beach. We decided as we arrived at the mountain that we were going to walk over the sharp rocks at the base of the hill. 'Lucky we were wearing shoes when the plane crashed' I thought. It was a long hard walk and after about 10 minutes we had to stop for a rest. We sat down on the rocks facing the sea. The sun was blazing down on us. "I wanna swim' said Marek as Jordan walked to the edge of the cliff. "Hey guys come over here" he exclaimed. We ran to the edge of the cliff and looked over the edge and saw two bags that looked kind of like mine and Jordan's. "Hopefully they are" said Marek as he turned and leaned over the small cliff. "I'm gonna get them" he said determinedly as he scurried down the rocky cliff face. "Are they ours" I yelled as he walked towards the bag. "Yes" he screamed back at us.

We were now walking with our bags on our backs around the side of the mountain towards the beach where hopefully, we would find some survivors of the plane crash. As we arrived we had a little look around and could not see anyone from the plane crash so we dumped our bags by a tree and collapsed on the sand and pulled out the left overs from the Moa. We had lost a lot of energy in the walk. Asser pulled out his flint and started another blazing fire, which the Moa was placed on just to heat up. We were eating peacefully until Jordan yelled "look at that". He was staring up at the sky which made me turn my head and what I saw appeared to be a silver circle shaped UFO. "WOW" said Asser, look at that. "What the" said Marek. The strange object flew straight into the trees on the mountain. "I wonder what that is" questioned Jordan. "I want to go check that out" said Asser. "Well, why don't we" I said. "Okay" we all decided and we were off!

As we approached the mountain it was not as we had expected. The mountain was not a straight up hill as we thought. It was like a huge case of stairs 5 feet high and covered in bush. We new it was going to be hard to reach the top before night time. We started our climb which was hard and very tiring. We were now almost at the top of the mountain. We climbed one more steep then decided that we were going to camp here for the night. We all collapsed with exhaustion, then started setting up the tents. We sat down and pulled out the Moa. It was cold but delicious after a huge walk. I was eating and heard a humming sound. 'Must be a bird' I thought. "Can you hear that" said Jordan. "Yeah" I said. I was starting to think of different possibilities then realised that It was most likely the silver cylinder we saw earlier. Marek started walking away from us. "What are you doing" I said. "Going to check it out" He said enthusiastically. "Okay" said Jordan. But you have to be careful and be back here in 5. We were talking for a while about all the strange things that had happened during our time at Matainui. Marek came running back through he trees and said speedily,

"you guys you won't believe it. I got to the top of the mountain and there was a big square room full of controls and stuff. Haylee was there".He said still puffing.

"Did you get in" I said demanding an answer.

"Yes, but I got kicked out cause I tried to attack them".

"You what!" Asser said.

"I tried to attack them so we could take control"

Let's go" Marek said enthusiastically.

We all started up the mountain. Step after step. As we arrived at the huge square shaped building Marek ran up to the glass doors and pounded his fists against the doors. The doors opened slowly and Marek ran in. I followed them in and saw something I was totally unexpecting. All the walls were invisible! I could see right through every wall in the building. 'WOW' I thought as I stared through the invisible walls out at the trees. "Is this some type of spaceship" Asser questioned. "I think so" she said. "We discovered it yesterday" she repeated. "Well" said Asser. "Can we stay here"? "Hmmmm" said Maddi. They turned and huddled around in a circle beside a huge table covered with controls and discussed whether we could stay there with them. They finally turned around with smiles on their faces and said that it was okay for us to stay.

I went to bed that night wondering how this spaceship had landed on the top of the mountain.

The 10 Items I am taking to the Matainui island

The 10 Items I am taking to the Matainui island are:

1. A Sleeping Bag
2. A Hunting Knife
3. A Hatchet
4. A Fishing Rod
5. A Ball Of Nylon
6. A Two Litre Camel Back
7. A 25 Foot Tarpaulin
8. A Swan Dry
9. A 5 litre metal bucket
10. A Hammer

Monday, October 19, 2009

Return To Matainui - Day 1

As I walked towards the small seaplane floating on the calm water, I was wondering how it would be possible to fit our class in the plane. I heard a small voice which sounded familiar saying "all aboard". I was wondering who it could have been. Then Asser yelled at the top of his lungs "that's Sam". "What", I said with terror, Sam's definitely too young to be a pilot. No one seemed to mind as we boarded the plane. I sat down next to the window, daydreaming of the Matainui island our class was traveling to. I was frightened by the sudden rumble of the motor. We were slowly turning out of the dock and were heading towards the horizon. We were gaining speed then left the water and we were off.

I was bored after the first five minutes of beautiful scenery. Then I turned to my two friends sitting in the seats behind me. They seemed to have forgotten that there was an 11 year old at the wheel of the plane! I had noticed Sam, as pilot, had been flying pretty comfortably throughout the flight until the plane tipped suddenly to the left then evened out. Wow! "Must have been a huge gust of wind" said Jordan. I was staring out the window at the blue sky. You just couldn't ask for better weather, I thought. But when I turned my head and looked out the window to the right all I could see was dark dangerous looking clouds. "We seem to be heading into some horrible weather. Please fasten your seat belt" said the pilot through the microphone. "Oh dear" said Asser from behind, staring out at the thick dark clouds. Everyone was fastening their seat belts as quickly as they could. As we approached the clouds it slowly became darker inside the plane. Five Minutes had pasted and you could now hear the rain taping on the roof of the plane sounding as if mice were scurrying across the surface. Everyone was sitting in the back of their seats waiting for the loud claps of thunder and flashes of lightening to begin. Suddenly, the nightmare began.

BOOM, the thunder roared like a lion. The expressions on every ones faces told me that they were frightened. FLASH, a quick lightening bolt zapped past the window next to me making everyone jump out of their seats. "Please stay calm" said the pilot of the little seaplane. I started to calm down for about five minutes until another super bright flash of lightening hit the plane and sent an electric current through the plane. "Ahgggg" people screamed at the top of their lungs. Out of nowhere the plane started tipping forward at a super fast rate. I did the opposite of everyone else and took my seat belt of and lay on the ground under my seat hoping it would help. All I could hear was the high pitched screams from the terrified passengers on board. About 30 seconds had past and we were still heading down. Where doomed I thought. I lay there with my head flat on it's side thinking about my family, but was interrupted when my head slowly lifted of the ground. 'What' I thought. Then my legs slowly touched the bottom of the seat. At that point I decided that I was going to roll out from under the seat and when I did I couldn't believe my eyes. People were floating around inside the plane. I could still hear the shrill screaming. Which frightened me even more. I pulled myself down to the side window of the plane and saw a little island way out ahead. I then decided that I'm going to have to jump out. I was floating around with everyone in the cabin for about another 10 minutes until I thought that it was time to break free. I took the emergency hammer out of it's case and started smashing the window hopping it was breakable. A crack on the glass appeared so I decided to whack the window evn harder, so with all my might I swung the hammer straight at the center of the window and glass flew everywhere. Everyone stared at me with a confused face. I kept smashing the edges of the window until finally the window was completely gone. I started squeezing myself out the window feet first. "What are you doing" someone yelled from the back of the cabin. "Jumping" I said. I was now hanging out of the plane holding on with my two hands. I was waiting for the right time to let go. People were trying to pull me back into the plane but I said I have to It's my only chance of surviving. They released their grip of my arm and went back to their seats. My hands were slipping and my arms were aching which is when I decided to let go of the plane. I was gaining speed and felt like spewing. When I looked back up at the plane I could just visualize the faces of the people staring out the window. I was preparing for impact and could just see the plane above. 'Three Two One' I thought then splash! I hit the water in a pin dive. I managed to get a big enough breath to get back up. I reached the bottom of the ocean and took one huge push of the soft sand. A sharp pain went buzzing through my body, as I reached the surface I let out a painful scream. I looked down into the salty water at my left foot and saw a massive cut straight down the center of my foot. I looked up at the island and thought I may just be able to swim there before sundown. I then started my long painful swim to the island.

I was puffing but nearly there. I was being pulled around the tip of the island in a strong current which meant I could have a bit of resting time. As I got around the other side I could just see some sign of movement up on the beach which gave me hope. I started swimming speedily towards the shore. I stopped for a little rest and saw some weird shaped fins of in the distance. 'Oh no' I thought. I started swimming towards shore hoping it was someone from the plane crash. "Ben is that you" yelled someone from the shore line. "Yes" I yelled excitedly. "Is this Asser" I screamed. Yes It is.
As I reached the beach I lay down on the beach puffing and shaking. "Oh my gosh, how on earth did you get here" they said. I told them my story of arrival then listened to their storys. "Asser has a tent" said Jordan. 'Great' I thought. I went alone for a little stroll down the beach and saw an eight foot shadow in the forest. "Oh no" I said quietly to myself as I turned and sprinted back to the others. "You guys, you won't believe what I saw. It was a huge shadow in the forest". "I saw that too" said Jordan. "Ben can you go get some rocks to help set the tent down in the sand" said Marek. "Sure thing" I said.

Later that night I lay down inside the tent staring out at the horizon and couldn't help noticing the thick black clouds that appeared to be circling the island. They were about a kilometre away from the island and were closing in fast. Soon the clouds were about 100 meters of shore. 'Weird' I thought as I settled under the blankets asser brought. 'I hope tomorrow doesn't have as many strange surprises as today' I thought.