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ONE YEAR AFTER THE DEATH OF ASHLEY
Here she is again, standing beneath the plaza at Athens Marina, staring
at the 50-metre superyacht, Ananke, the sun beating mercilessly down on
her bare shoulders.
Despite the heat, a shiver wracks Ella Themis’s entire body.
Ananke, named for the Greek goddess of fate and circumstance.
Was that what last year’s tragedy was – fate?
Ella Themis has been a yachtie for a long time. Her father had been a
captain, her siblings deckhands. Her youngest brother, the one who they no
longer speak about, strayed from tradition, and went into the forces. They
are scattered now. What remains of them, anyway.
Her mother had been the type of woman who holidayed on yachts, and
her mother’s family were the kind of family who purchased yachts. It is in
the blood. At thirty years old, she’s worked her way through ten seasons up
to chief stewardess. It is the perfect way to run away from real life.
Over the course of her yachting career, she’s done the Med, the Baltics
and the Rivieras – both Italy and France. The last two years have been spent
Last season was a write-off. After the accident, Ananke was seized and
put into the dry dock while the authorities carried out their investigations.
Accidental death by misadventure had been the verdict.
A young life cut short by an avoidable tragedy. One of those needless,
senseless moments in time that makes everyone in the vicinity embrace
their lives and let go of the petty stuff. The crew mourned. Some of them
cried. Most of them drifted off Ananke and finished the season filling in on
other superyachts. For Ella, it brought back emotions that she’d already
been running from. She spiralled into herself, holding a tight ball of rage in
her stomach like a foetus that seemed to kick out, winding her.
The world had once been so big with limitless opportunities.
Now, there is nowhere left to hide.
Now, one year later, all of them have come back.
The first person she sees on board Ananke as she moves down the
boardwalk is Captain Carly Lee. Conflicting emotions pull at Ella as she
watches her boss on the bow. Like all good captains, Carly is fair but strict.
She abhors drunkenness from staff and grudgingly grits her teeth when the
guests get intoxicated. She is at the top of her game in terms of
professionalism and excellence in all areas. As a female captain on a man’s
sea, she’s worked twice as hard to get where she is, and for that, she
rightfully commands respect.
But… seeing her is a reminder of the last fateful journey that Ananke
took before she was confined to port for a year. The whole point of coming
back was to be on the same ship as Carly. However, just for a moment, Ella
considers slinking off back down the boardwalk and seeing if there’s a
position open on another yacht. She’d happily lower her rank, go down to
second or third stewardess. Because she’s not sure that she can face this.
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