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Journey

by Pearl Currie

Journey

Read by Sarah Ridgeway from the BBC Radio Drama Company.

What happened to me will never, ever happen to you. I'm different. Before the change happened, I used to think a lot. Now, I don't have time to - life is too busy.

On the day it happened, I was thinking again. It was only an itch at first. I ignored it but there it was again, this time a scratch. As persistent as a fly near meat, it told me to jump. I felt confused and scared but strangley excited. I tried to resist but the itch was already concocting a brave plan for me to run, then jump. This I couldn't ignore.

Without thinking I fulfilled its plan. Hop, skip, run, Jump! It was as if it had hypnotyised me. My gape soon turned to a grin as I felt the soft touch of peachy flesh. I marvelled at the stillness of where I found myself. Only gentle sobs muffled my thoughts.

Out of the blue came something gigantic. In it appeared a rough, snow-white solid substance and it was coming straight at me. Soon I was in its clutches and I was falling. I tried to yell for help but I couldn't, my voice had left me. I closed my eyes and waited for something dreadful to happen. Something did happen, but it wasn't awful, not even scary. It was pleasant, if not beautiful. I felt a cool substance surround me and I noticed it was made of others like me. I looked down through its translucent structure to see an endless tunnel. As I drifted in the constant stream of water running through the damp, dirty tunnel, I noticed with every strange whooshing noise that more joined me on the mysterious journey to who-knew-where. I felt mystified about what was ahead and calmed by the presence of others.

Suddenly a burst of sapphire appeared over my head. I looked back to see the tunnel looming behind me in a mournful way, like a dog left at home. But something felt different and as I inhaled I realised why. A sharp, tingly smell filled the air. It was crisp and salty - the water was filled with salt!

So wide the stream was now, other streams had conjoined with mine, forming a giant stretch of water. I looked down to see dancing dolphins and prickling porcupine-puffers and then I realised we were relying on each other. These creatures needed me and my friends to live. Suddenly I felt the itch again. This time it told me to leap. I did what it said, for I knew it was for a good reason. I leapt and the water pushed me up; I felt myself rising into the sky. We were creating a wave! I spotted ships and seagulls, the turquoise sky and candy floss clouds and at last I felt truly happy.
And there I was, a teardrop in the ocean.

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