The sun gently rose above the horizon, a blazing ball of warmth indicating that the
morning had finally engulfed the darkness. Noticing the brilliant light, but not wanting to
move out of her bed, Annie idly rolled over to her husband who was still sound asleep.
Slowly opening her eyes, the first thing she saw was his gentle face, oblivious and deep in his
own unconscious world. In that moment, she could not help but be awestruck by his beauty
and she swore she fell in love with him all over again. As her eyes carefully explored Roger’s
sleeping face, she could not help but to wonder how lucky she was to have married the love
of her life so easily. Who knew that true love was actually possible?
Their love was accidental. As funny as it sounds, they met because of a wrong
number. On Easter Sunday, Roger called Annie’s phone number, mistaking it for the Edible
Arrangements he was to provide for his church. After the awkward silence of realizing that
she was, indeed, not a staff of the fruit company, they ended up talking for a few minutes, and
at the end of their conversation, he asked if he could call again. Soon, he was calling her
every day. To her, nothing felt more romantic; she never felt that he had bad intentions, and
she could feel deep in her soul that he desperately needed someone to talk to. He would tell
her every little detail about his day. Those phone calls from Roger were the highlight of her
days, and she would soon find herself constantly checking her phone, even though she knew
that no such notifications came from him. Eventually, the two strangers planned a date and
finally met each other in person. Anxiously waiting in the café, Annie had no idea what to
expect, but when Roger came in, she could recognize him in an instant. It was as if they had
known each other for years; as if their souls had already known each other, though their
brains did not.
Annie slowly woke up her husband with a gentle kiss on the forehead, while Roger
sluggishly squirmed under the touch. While Annie was fixing breakfast for the family, she
could hear Roger going upstairs to wake up the kids, and she could not help but to smile.
After Roger dropped off the kids at school and wove them goodbye, he hurriedly went back
home to change into his work clothes and kiss his dear wife goodbye. As Roger was changing
into his angler clothes, Annie felt unusually uneasy about her husband’s safety and the power
of ocean tides. Shrugging her worries off, Roger went out the door and into the deep waters
to provide for and serve his family. As Annie was eternally grateful for her husband’s
endeavors and work, she could not help but to compare herself to him, knowing that the
family income was halved because she was fired from her job as the member of the global
maritime distress system.
During the midday, while Annie was listening radio signals for maritime distress
calls, she heard a desperate signal calling out for help. After carefully analyzing the calls, she
was determined there was an explosion in a yacht, where it left a dozens of imbibed victims
in the ocean without lifeboats. As Annie immediately set a course for them, knowing very
well that her boat was one of only a few that regularly sailed the water, she heard another
distress call. Roger’s fishing boat was sinking and he desperately needed her help, as well.
With the weather turning bad as each second ticked by, and no other vessels responding to the
distress calls, Annie knew deep in her heart that whomever she went to second would
probably be dead by the time she reached their destination.
“Tick tock, tick tock…,” there was not much time left to waste on pondering who to
save. On one hand, the people on the first ship were drunk and it was their own responsibility
to have behaved better; to not save her husband felt like a betrayal of their love and trust.
How will she be able to raise their young children without a husband to rely on emotionally
and financially, too? On the other hand, she knew that Roger would see the sense in saving
twelve people instead of just one. The drunk passengers must have families and friends who
love them just as much as she loves Roger. Imagine the guilt she would have to live with if
she were to save her husband out of selfish motives. “Tick tock, tick tock…,” what does she
value more? Her family or the lives of others? Annie knew whom she wanted to save, but not
whom she should.
“Tick tock, tick tock…,” after what felt like an eternity, Annie slowly stood up from
her seat and gathered her necessary kits. Every fiber of her being told her to stop and rethink
her decision, but her mind was already determined, and she would not turn back now. With an
anguished look on her face, Annie quietly whispered a prayer of repentance as she firmly
turned the door handle. She knew that she would eventually regret her decision, but she knew
that her choice was the correct one. As if a miracle had sparked inside of her, Annie’s eyes lit
up with determination, and it was evident nothing could stop her now. She ran to her ship,
and turned the engine on. From there, the ocean embraced her and her decision as she
gradually drifted away into the horizon.