I thought i would start sharing my Season 6 version that I’ve written. Some of it’s from my old Season 6 version and had been re-edited and some of what i’ve written is new to the story.
Chapter - 1 - The Boat Ride
The Mall Rats had been on the boat for weeks now. They had stood and watched the trawler pull away from the shore, their home, until the land was not in view anymore; there was only the dark blue sea and the sky to see. It seemed like ages since they had seen anything else but the blue sky and ocean. They all helped out on the boat, since they collected food, and cooked it. Some of the Mall Rats even had a go at steering the boat as well. In small groups, everyone on the trawler enjoyed going to the back of the trawler to look at the water. It was where they tried to imagine where they were heading too, and what it would be like.
Ruby sat alone inside the cabin. She for now sat and fiddled with a bit of string she had found on the seat, when she looked up at Ebony, who was stood outside with Slade. She watched, Slade put his arms around Ebony, while the both of them talked together, as she stared at Ebony. She knew that Ebony was the one who pushed her, in front of the truck, back when they left the place they called home. It made her feel angry, even more so, since she hadn’t yet confronted Ebony about it, but she deep down wanted too, but the boat, felt far to small to start any kind of argument. All she could do for now was wait.
Amber had stood a while with Jay, while they watched the waves, before she saw Trudy walk over with her daughter, “I’m going to go and sit down.” Amber spoke up, and walked off.
Jay turned back around to view the water again.
Trudy walked over to Jay, while she held onto Brady’s hand, “Jay, everything alright?”
Jay slowly turned to face Trudy, “I don’t know.” he answered, before he turned back to face the water again.
"Want to talk about it?” Trudy questioned, only to be ignored. She watched Jay stare out at the ocean, in his own world of thoughts, before she walked closer to watch the water, with her daughter.
Brady smiled in delight, happy to watch the waves and question what lived beneath the water.
Amber watched Brady smile and point around outside the trawler, before she sat down next to Ruby inside the cabin. Amber looked at Ruby. She knew Ruby felt a lot better then when Ebony pushed her, in front of the truck back at their home, the city, they had to leave behind. She watched Ruby.
Ruby sat in her own world, where she looked outside the cabin, and daydreamed of when they’d reach the new land, trying to imagine what it might be like, and what the tribes might be like on that land, and most of all she daydreamed of when she would confront Ebony, about when she was pushed her in front of the truck.
"How are you doing?” Amber whispered.
Ruby looked up at her; half in her own world still. She glanced around her, since she expected it to be someone else, that spoke to her. She looked back towards Amber, and noticed that Amber, still continued to look at her, “You’re talking to me?” Ruby softly asked. She looked around again, encase it wasn’t Amber, that had spoken to her.
Amber smiled at Ruby, “Yes, I’m talking to you.”
A smile appeared on Ruby’s face.
Amber watched Ruby smile. She hadn’t seen it since the day, they boarded the trawler.
"I’m fine, just thinking.” Ruby spoke up.
"My dad use to take us on boat trips all the time.” Amber whispered and stared thoughtfully up at the ceiling of the cabin, “We went as a family, me, my sister and mum as well. It use to be fun. Dad was great when it came to fishing. At some points we would sit and we’d watched the waves.” Amber remembered.
Ruby looked up at Amber again and smiled, “I’ll be glad to get off the boat.” Ruby whispered back.
Jay walked in the cabin to see Amber with Ruby, “Are you okay Amber?” he questioned. He had noticed a change in Amber since; they had been stuck on the boat. He felt like Amber had become bored of him. He watched a frown appear on Amber’s face.
Amber now felt annoyed by the small area they were in. She felt trapped by Jay, since the cabin was only small, “What do you think?” Amber snapped, as she became more annoyed by the small space.
A frown appeared on Jay’s face. He glanced around him, to see if anyone else heard Amber snap at him, before he looked back at Amber again, “I’m going to find Trudy, and see how she’s going with Brady.” he spoke up, and walked off, with his head down.
Ruby watched Jay walk out the cabin, before she looked at Amber, with a concerned look on her face. She was shocked by Amber’s reaction to Jay. She watched, as Amber buried her head in her hands, “What about you Amber, are you okay?” she whispered quietly and carefully. She didn’t want Amber to snap at her too. The boat felt too small to Ruby, for a fight to happen.
Amber lifted her head up, and looked straight ahead of her, as she placed her hands, on her neck, “I’m fine.” Amber answered, and rubbed her neck a little, before she lowered her hands into her lap, and slouched back on the chair.
Jay made his way over to Trudy, who still held Brady’s hand in her own hand. He watched Trudy and her daughter giggle at the ocean, before Trudy turned around to his footsteps.
“ You are okay, Jay ?” asked Trudy. She was concerned about Jay.
Jay watched Trudy before he looked at her daughter who found it fun, to watch the water, for something to do. He watched Brady a couple of seconds, before he turned to look at the railing. He walked over to he railing, of the trawler and placed his hands on it. He took a moment and looked out at the ocean, before he turned to Trudy, who stood next to him, “I just…I need to talk.” Jay answered.
Trudy gained a worried look on her face, “What about?” Trudy questioned, in a concerned voice, as she watched Jay look at the ocean and back at her again. She looked into Jay’s eyes, she could tell something was definitely on his mind, and he needed to talk about it.
Jay took a breath in, “About Amber.” Jay answered, “See…” He took a moment. ”Oh, I don’t know.” He whispered, and glanced out at the ocean and back at Trudy, “I just feel, as though she has been distancing herself from me, and I was wondering if you knew anything.” Jay explained, quietly so no one else would hear him.
Trudy smiled at Brady, before she glanced back at Jay, with a shocked expression on her face.
"I’ll check on her for you. I’m shocked you noticed too, as I noticed earlier. She seemed like she couldn’t wait to sit down after watching the water with you.” Trudy answered, in agreement with Jay.
Jay smiled at her. He was pleased Trudy was going to go and check on Amber.
"Come on Brady; let’s go check on Aunty Amber.” Trudy spoke up to her young daughter who smiled.
Trudy made her way over to the cabin, where Lex stood and talked to Ram. Ram was stood one side of the cabin and Lex on the other side. They both didn’t noticed Trudy walk over, and continued to talk to each other. Trudy looked from Ram to Lex, “Excuse me.” Trudy spoke up in a big voice, to grab both Ram and Lex’s attention.
Lex and Ram, both quickly looked at Trudy and went quiet, “This thing is small.” grunted Lex. He watched Trudy walk between them.
Trudy slowly walked into the cabin, where she found the rest of the way easily to Amber, where she came to stand in front of her, and Ruby.
Amber looked up, at Trudy, as she felt her presence in the cabin. Amber couldn’t help but frown at Trudy. She knew deep down, why Trudy was stood before her. She knew Jay must have gone and ran to Trudy, after she snapped at him, “Jay? Am I right? Jay has something behind you being here right?.” Amber quickly spoke up, to get in first, before Trudy could say anything.
Trudy looked concerned by what Amber had just said and placed Brady on the seat, next to Ruby, to have her arms free. She looked back, towards Amber, “Amber, Jay and I are only concerned for you.” started Trudy. She watched Amber closely. She noticed Amber’s frown, turned to a face of sadness, “What is it Amber? What’s wrong?” Trudy questioned and knelt down in front of Amber.
Amber bit her lip a little, and shook her head. She put her head in her hands again, for a moment, “I will never find Bray again; we are…” Amber tried to hold back the tears, “We’ve headed away, from the memories, I…” Amber bit her lip, as she tried hard not to cry, “The memories.” Amber answered, before she let her emotions take over.
Trudy saw a tear roll down Amber’s face. She quickly stood up, and sat down on the seat next to Amber, and cuddled her tight.
Amber’s hand gripped Trudy’s arm, as Trudy held her, and tried her hardest not to cry herself.
Lex looked at Ram. He and Ram had come to like to stand in front of the cabin entrance over the past weeks. They both knew they, were in people’s way, when they would talk to each other, but when it came to the need to let people walk between them. They would watch, who wanted to go in and out of the cabin, which to them, was better than nothing to do.
"I wonder how much longer we are going to be stuck on this cramped boat?” Ram asked softly, so no one else would hear and start thinking less of him.
Lex looked around the boat, before he looked at the rest of his tribe on the boat, “I got one idea. Throw a couple of the others off and then there is more room for us then…” Lex started, “And probably less drama’s too.” Lex added.
Ram smirked back at Lex, “I really don’t think the others would agree with you, even though it sounds like a master plan.” answered Ram back in agreement.
Lex smiled back at Ram, “That’s my plan out the window then.” Lex continued to smile, as he thought his plan over in his head.
Ebony walked over. She had noticed both Ram and Lex had something to smile about and she now wondered what they were up to. To her they always had to be up to something, and she just had to know what, “I wouldn’t mind chucking Ebony over the edge of this trawler.” Lex quickly whispered to Ram.
Ram laughed, just before Ebony came to stand next to him.
"Well what have you boys got stirring in your imagination?” Ebony wondered out loud, while she stared at Lex and Ram, and tried to imagine what it could possibly be herself.
Lex and Ram both looked her, “Hi Ebony, what brings you to this part of the boat?” smirked Ram, as he tried not to laugh about his own question.
Ebony frowned, at Ram, “Oh, you think, you are so funny Ram.” Ebony replied, before she thought about how bored she was on the boat ride. She had to find out what made Lex and Ram smile, it was something to do, but she hoped, that whatever made them smile would be, something that would interest her, as well, “Look, you boys are always up to something, so how about you let me in on it?” Ebony spoke up with a smile.
Lex smiled back, at Ebony before looking at Ram and back towards her, “We are just standing here talking, man to man talking. It wouldn‘t interest you Ebony.”
Ebony smiled back at Lex, “Nothing? You guys, must have forgotten who I am, I know you two are never up to nothing.” answered Ebony, before she stormed off.
Lex and Ram both smiled at each other.
Jay stood at the back of the trawler. He watched the waves in the water. They lightly hit the side of the trawler, while he thought about Amber. He tried to work out why she acted strange around him, since been on the boat. He was deep in thought when he felt a hand tap him on the shoulder.
"Hi Jay are enjoying the view of the ocean?”
He recognized that it was Jack’s voice, and turned around to face Jack, who was stood beside Ellie.
"Are you okay?” asked Ellie, “You looked like you were completely in your own world? We just thought we’d come and check on you.” she added, and passed a concerned look at him.
Jay looked at Ellie, and then over at the cabin, that Trudy had disappeared into, to go and talk to Amber, “Yeah, I’m just wondering about Amber.” he replied, then turned to look out at the water again.
Ellie and Jack looked at each other, before they both turned to face Jay again, “I’m sure she’s okay, probably doesn’t like been on long boat rides.” Jack spoke up, with a small smile, while he tried not to laugh about the end of his sentence.
Jay turned to face Jack, with a blank look on his face, “I might go check on her.” he replied, and made his way, past Ellie and Jack.
Ellie watched Jay walk off, before she heard him yell at Lex and Ram to move out of his way. She then looked to see, Lex and Ram, quickly jump out the way, to allow Jay to walk in through the entrance of the cabin. She quickly turned to look out at the ocean, as she thought about how something must be going on between Amber and Jay, only she wasn’t too sure about what exactly, “This is going to be a long boat ride, if we aren’t in reach of land anytime soon.” she whispered, to Jack, who stood next to her. She turned to watch Jay disappear into the cabin.
"Tell me about it.” Jack replied, with a small smile, before he stepped closer to watch the water with her.
Ellie smiled, as Jack moved closer to stand next to her. She reached her hand out to hold his hand. Jack smiled when Ellie held his hand.
Jay walked in through the cabin entrance, where he came to stand inside the cabin. He looked at Ruby who played with Brady, and then at Trudy who had her arms around Amber. He walked closer to see Amber was asleep in Trudy’s arms.
Amber had earlier cried herself to sleep.
Trudy noticed Jay and looked at up at him, “Hi, Jay, was it nice watching the water?” asked Trudy. She patted Amber’s arm.
Jay glanced from Trudy to Amber. He looked at Amber, as she slept. He then turned back to face Trudy, “Hi, and yeah it was nice.” answered Jay, “Did you find out anything from Amber?” he asked, and watched Trudy closely.
Ruby looked at Trudy before she looked at Jay, “You’re not going to want to hear it.”