This is a first-person challenge!
You are sick of your life!
You feel the need to break out of the box!
You are doing what you want for a change!
Yes! You're taking that break you've been promising yourself - you're heading for a tropical island paradise to:
- finish that project you've been working on
- just do nothing but sunbake, eat, party
- think about your relationship (does that need to change too?)
Perhaps your love may surprise you with a welcome or unwelcome visit to enhance/spoil your island idyll...
Perhaps your love decides to move on while you're gone...
Perhaps you miss your love so much that you hurry home before your time...this could be exhilarating...or tragic...
Your story, your way! Surprise us!
TGIF! I’m exhausted, both physically and mentally. It has been a long week.
The phone rings as I walk in the office. I haven’t even made it to my desk!
“Good morning,” the person says cheerfully on the other end of the line. I hesitate, waiting for the person to tell me what crisis she needs me to fix. It seems to be the story of my life. “You have been given a four day cruise, all expenses paid to the Bahamas”, she goes on to say. “All you have to do is…”
I couldn’t register what she was telling me. Is this for real? What’s the catch? After all, this is a business line she is calling.
“Huh?” I grunted, trying to figure out what was going on.
With a sigh, the caller on the other line slows down and explains that a “Mystery donor” has paid for a trip for me…ME…to go on this cruise. The only catch is that I have to go alone. There is only one ticket provided.
It takes a while for this all to sink in. Who would do this? I do need a change, but why would they have only bought one ticket? I don’t know if I can do this.
“Did this ‘Mystery donor’ leave any clue as to who they were? Were there any messages?” I asked, trying to clear my head.
“The cruise leaves port tomorrow at 8am”, she answered, seemingly irritated at me for not being more excited. “That is all the information that I have”.
“Who are you?” If I knew who was calling, maybe I could figure out who did this.
“I work for the cruise line and was the one who made the reservations”, she answered flatly. Not the information I was hoping for.
“What do I need to do?” I asked, suddenly feeling pressured.
The representative instructed me to just show up to port in the morning and the rest would be taken care of.
I need to get off the phone with her so that I can try to figure this out. Did someone really want to give me a vacation alone? Or was I going to have an unexpected guest on the cruise? A little excited and a little nervous, I immediately left the office for the day to get to the bottom of this.
And now for a question...
If this happened to you, what would you do? Would you leave your significant other to vacation alone? What if you had a visitor on the cruise?