Monday, September 3, 2012

CWA: The Caribbean Sea Witch!

The sound of the ship's horn bellows throughout the cruise ship. You roll over in your queen size bed and slowly open your eyes. The large monitor on the wall across from your bed magically turns on revealing the happy images of your lovebird hosts, Dalton and Tasha. You turn your eyes towards the clock on your left. Ugh 7:30 in the morning. How can they be smiling this early in the morning. You thought this was suppose to be a fun cruise. Well alright, seeing the ship dry dock in the middle of medium size town yesterday was kind of exciting. You wonder where you will end up today?

"Buenos maƱana, everyone," Dalton's proclaims with a hint of a Mexican accent. You turn your attention back to the screen as you get comfortable. "I hoped you enjoyed our visit to Kenley Falls yesterday. We have been traveling all night and have arrived to our next destination on the Caribbean Sea."

The Caribbean! Did you just hear him right? You wonder if we will be stopping at one of the private islands. You would love to go diving with the dolphins, swim in the ocean. Maybe find a hidden treasure? You jump out of bed, step into your slippers and stand closer to the monitor. Tasha smiles then says "Our special guest will dine with us for breakfast then we will all meet on the forward deck at 9am. From there we will board his ship called the Sea Witch via a wooden plank. Please be careful when we cross over the water. There will be no running or horseplay. Everyone will walk over the plank in a single file line then sit on the benches that have been provided for us. See you then!" The screen goes blank. You smile and quickly get dressed. This is going to be great. The Caribbean and a mysterious ship! After you dress and groom, you head out the door sprinting towards the ship's cafeteria. You can't wait until you meet this mysterious captain and sit upon his vessel.

“Hello, nice to have you here and welcome aboard Sea Witch today. I hope you're comfortable on that little bench you’re sitting on. Please keep your head down, wouldn't want to have the boom swing when the wind changes and knock you out into the water. Off to our right is Roseau, Dominica. We had a lot of fun there when we visited a while back. We even got married at this little chapel up on the hill.”

"What was that?"

“You want me to tell you about me? Okay, my name is Timothy Hutton and I used to own a moving company in Denver. Back then I was also quite abusive to my first wife. Then one day I woke up to the divorce papers she left me. It was the first inkling for me that I had been doing something wrong. Now, I look back and realize that I was really the one at fault, my first wife didn't deserve the way I treated her. I didn't want to admit at first either but I'm so glad I did.”

“I went through a realization I had issues and decided to make some major changes. From that point in my life I left it all behind and have been having the time of my life in the Caribbean. I even found someone new and there she is sitting up in the bow. From the moment I had first seen her I knew I wanted her in my life. Cherise has meant the world to me, I'm so glad she came aboard that day and became a part of my life.”

“I'm never going back again to the person I used to be, I'm just not that man anymore. I really have found a better way of living for me, one with the waves and the wind. Sailing the Caribbean opened up a whole new world for me. It’s so great to feel the wind in my hair and the feel of the boat moving with the waves.”

“Oh cool, check it out! There are some dolphins swimming right now alongside the bow. I really love how they move through the water. Don't they almost look like they're dancing together? It’s nice to meet you again and I’d better pay attention to where we are going.”

About the author: Brian Bigelow is originally from Minnesota and currently lives in Colorado with his wife, a cat and a very protective Chihuahua that risks life and limb to save his "family" from running leaves, fire hydrants and the like.
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Brian is giving away a free copy of his book to the first five people who post a comment on this posting!


  1. Great excerpt, Brian - and I love your cover. Glad you shared it!

  2. I'm here, Brian! Sounds like an interesting book!

  3. I love cruises, might be an interesting book!

    1. Jason, everyday there will be a new destination on our cruise. You never know where we might end up.

  4. Great post!! Thanks for sharing the excerpt, the cover is great.

  5. Sounds very interesting...thanks for sharing!

  6. I certainly enjoyed the sea breeze today!

  7. Congrats Brian! Great passage. I know you've worked very hard! :)

  8. Thank you all very much for your comments. The book was very interesting to write.