The Haunted Lighthouse

The Haunted Lighthouse

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Genre: Horror

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Status: Finished

Genre: Horror

Summary

This supernatural ghost story is a period drama set in the latter part of the 19th century. Three lighthouse keepers are assigned the task of maintaining the beam of light on the old "Smalls lighthouse" which is positioned on "The mumbles",which is a stretch of rocks just off the port of Barry in South Wales. Each lighthouse keeper takes it in turns by doing an 8 hour shift whilst the other 2 either sleep or entertain themselves. During their 3 month spell at the lighthouse they witness strange events unfold.They soon realise that the lighthouse and the seas around it are haunted by past events which act like a stir of echoes. Will they survive to tell their tale or be driven mad by their terrifying ordeals?.

Summary

This supernatural ghost story is a period drama set in the latter part of the 19th century.

Three lighthouse keepers are assigned the task of maintaining the beam of light on the old "Smalls lighthouse" which is positioned on "The mumbles",which is a stretch of rocks just off the port of Barry in South Wales.

Each lighthouse keeper takes it in turns by doing an 8 hour shift whilst the other 2 either sleep or entertain themselves.

During their 3 month spell at the lighthouse they witness strange events unfold.They soon realise that the lighthouse and the seas around it are haunted by past events which act like a stir of echoes.

Will they survive to tell their tale or be driven mad by their terrifying ordeals?.


Chapter1 (v.1) - Ghost Ship Procceds The Arrival Of A Mysterious Lady In A Boat

Author Chapter Note

This Halloween styled ghost story is a period drama set in the latter part of the 19th century. Three Lighthouse keepers are assigned the task of maintaining the beam of light on the old "Smalls lighthouse" which is positioned on "The mumbles",which is a stretch of rocks just off the port of Barry in South Wales. Each lighthouse keeper takes it in turns by doing an 8 hour shift whilst the other 2 either sleep or entertain themselves. During their 3 month spell at the lighthouse they witness strange events unfold.They soon realise that the lighthouse and the seas around it are haunted by past events which act like a stir of echoes. Will they survive to tell their tale or be driven mad by their terrifying ordeals?.

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Submitted: October 27, 2015

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The Haunted Lighthouse Chapter 1 - Ghost Ship Proceeds The Arrival Of A Mysterious Lady In A Boat

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The year was 1885 and I had just been assigned the task of being one of the new lighthouse keepers at "Smalls lighthouse".
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It was positioned on a tiny stretch of rocks just south of "The Mumbles" which were known locally as death island.
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It's notorious reputation proceeded it because this stretch of rocks had been blamed for causing the sinking of many ships and fishing boats in the past.
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The day started calm with a little sea fret as i set sail by ship along with two other men on board.
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I had gathered my supplies from port and would be based in the lighthouse for a three month stint.
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The sea was a little choppy after the ship had left port but generally it was like a mill pond with nothing to concern us as we set sale for our destination.
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I would do the first watch at the lighthouse then my other two colleagues would cover the other shifts.
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Legend has it that my predecessors had experienced unusual events on their watch during their time spent at the lighthouse.
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Perhaps induced by over intoxication of rum or maybe it was the idea of being cut off from the world in this very unnatural working environment.
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Our job was to maintain the beam of the lighthouse and write down a daily recording any unusual events along with the usual mundane accounts of the weather conditions.
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I had heard that two men committed suicide on the same night for reasons that still remain 
unexplained.
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The third man was about to go quietly insane at the thought of having to wait for relief to come whilst he remained alone with the two corpses.
 
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We eventually arrived at our location somewhat weary and at the same time relieved that we had made it in one piece.
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I couldn't swim so I was especially relieved to have made land, if that is what you call it.
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The three of us got off the ship and brought our provisions to our new base.
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These would consist of tinned foods mainly and dried fruit with a few bottles of rum and brandy to keep us warm at night.
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I also brought myself some pipe tobacco and a few packets of cigarettes to ease the thought of isolation and discomfort over these next 3 months.
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We said our farewells to the ship's captain as he sped slowly away in the distance and began to plan our watch for the first night.
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The lighthouse was quite a pleasant location with two bedrooms, a lounge area and kitchen, it was powered by a generator but also used a dynamo light for it's main beam.
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It was early afternoon when I began my first watch,the other guys Bob and Dave were two sea hearty sailors.
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They had travelled the world in their time aboard commercial ships bringing a variety of cargo from the UK to the West Indies and Africa as well as the Americas.
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I had previously worked as a fisherman in making catches around the Pembrokeshire coast and this was a new experience for me.
 
We began to chat and find our total isolation some what daunting at first, I think by talking about it made us feel a little more at ease with our new surroundings.
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"Hey bob have you got family back in port?" I asked, "yeah a wife and 3 kids", he replied.
 
What's  their names ?", I asked,oh there is Sally my wife she's 23 years of age,then there are my three young scratters Aimee,Jessica and Ally.",he said.
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I pondered on his choice of names for his offspring then passed him a bottle of rum, we all sat out on a bench which was placed just outside the front entrance of the lighthouse.
 
I continued to chat with Dave and asked him a few questions,"Hey Dave what about you?" he looked at me then shook his head, but remained silent,he looked rather withdrawn and sad.
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"What's wrong Dave you look a little down mate?",I asked,he began to recollect the day that his fishing boat sank when he lost 4 of his mates and the affect it had on his own mortality.
 
"I got to tell you Mike I'm not happy to be out here, but I need the dough to feed my folk back at home.
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That day was one I will never forget in a hurry,he began to unfold the story behind this tragic loss and we all sat and listened to his account of the time that would change his life forever.
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The day had began like any other he set out with his crew en route for "Smally point" which was a stretch of rocks where their catch would await them.
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These would consist of crabs,lobsters and shrimp mainly,but something happened that day which would mean that their catch would be the last for the ship known as "Seamstress".
 
He began to tell us of the final moments before the disastrous sinking which lead to the lives of 4 shipmates being lost.
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"I was pulling a line in and suddenly caught something which wouldn't budge, it seemed an eternity before I managed to free the large net from it's catch and then it happened.
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There was this horrible crunching sound as the boat began to break in two for no apparent reason.
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We started to sink, there were no life preserves on board and I just held on to a piece of drift wood which had broken off the ship's main beam.
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The screams from my shipmates will stay with me forever and seeing two of them go down never to resurface again would haunt me forever",he said.
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"So what caused it?",I enquired,Dave just shook his head and continued to swig from the bottle of rum we were now sharing.
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We then decided to crash the ash and have a cigarette each,"ah that's nice,you can't beat a proper smoke,better than that pipe crap isn't it?", I exclaimed, the others nodded.
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I never got to the bottom of the story why it had happened and presumed that the boat had hit a small piece of rock or just broke up due entirely to fatigue.
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Perhaps it had simply come to the end of it's days maybe because of a fracture in the hull or stern part of the boat.
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It was indeed curious that the main beam had gone for that would point to a designer fault in the craft.
 
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The three of us sat out for a further hour before it started to get cold and the sea waves began whipping up toward the base of the rocks near where we sat.
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"Time for some snap!", I enquired to the others, they all agreed and we began to prepare the evening meal.
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This would consist of a fish supper provided by tinned sardines,potatoes and tinned mushrooms.
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I would peel the potatoes mash them up then spread the cooked mushrooms into the sardines to create this fish pie,this was cooked in a large black pot which sat above the stove.
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The lighthouse's kitchen used coal as a fuel and there was plenty of it available not only for cooking but also for heating.
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Situated in the main living quarters there were three comfortable chairs,a large table and an assortment of games for our entertainment.
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Hanging on the walls were to be found paintings of previous lighthouse keepers who had done their watch here throughout the last 100 years or so.
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There was a painting of "The Duke of Wellington" taken from the beginning of the 18th century positioned above a sideboard and next to that there was a Welsh dressing table.
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This would contain our clothes and other supplies which we had brought to the rock.
 
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We all sat around the kitchen table and began to eat our first meal together,right now we were strangers in an unnatural  environment.
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It would take time for us to feel comfortable around each other,everyone had different habits some annoying,some amusing I guess.
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However for the next 3 months we would have to get on with each other and go about our business in a professional and courteous manner with each other.
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After the meal I continued my stint,I was 4 hours in to it and thought it rather canny to use the break during my watch.
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I quickly checked the log which was to be found in a huge red book just under the main beam from our sleeping quarters.
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The last entry date was logged as the 13th of march 1885, nothing much unusual was written in the red book apart from the storm of the previous night which had prevented the keepers from gaining any restful sleep.
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There was some sort of an altercation between two of the men which the writer had found unsettling,.
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Still it had been their last night on the rock, I guess tiredness and fragility of mind might have created instability due to their lack of sleep and with the men being away from home for so long.
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Bob and Dave were sitting around the roaring fire and were playing blackjack which was a game of cards that was very popular in these waters.
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The rules of which were that you had to follow suite on the cards either by numbers or hearts,spade,diamonds,clubs etc until the winner has played his last card.
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I must have dozed off for a few minutes during my watch from the tower room which was situated on the top floor when I suddenly heard this wretched horn go off.
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It startled me at first,I guess the other guys would have heard it too.
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 I quickly made my way to the viewing window in front of the main beam and could just make out what I believed to be a ship making it's way towards us,I feared imminent danger and alerted the others.
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We began to quickly run towards the base of the lighthouse and I lit a gas lamp to improve the view from this oncoming vessel.
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We then waved and shout frantically towards anybody on board the ship as the danger became more apparent.
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Then all of a sudden it stopped dead straight ahead of us with out warning,there was complete silence as we looked at each other astonished that disaster had been averted.
 
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The ship just kept it's position for what seemed an eternity and then it was close enough for us to reach it.
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I looked at Dave and then told him to come aboard,the ship was a 40 footer with a large stern and moderate sized hull.
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Nothing seemed to be moving on board as all was eerily quiet then suddenly I looked up at the captains room there was nobody to be seen.
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We searched for almost an hour and found nobody on board this eerie ghost ship,not even a sea rat which you might find on board.
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I was mystified why and how could a ship steer it's way towards us then stop suddenly stop if there was nobody on board controlling it.
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Then we reached the kitchen and found a table with 4 place settings and food for each person with a goblet of wine for the group of sailors.
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There was a hot pan boiling in the back on the stove and it was cooking away,it seemed to be some sort of vegetable stock.
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I looked at Dave horrified and then exclaimed,"What's going on here Dave?, this is giving me the creeps".
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Dave looked at me then told me to get the hell out of there and return to base.
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We left the scene confused and bewildered with so many unanswered questions.
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It seemed evident that this ship must have steered itself towards our position without any hands on board.
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This vessel might have taken our lives if I had not been quick off the mark in alerting the others.
 
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The structure of the lighthouse was only made of wood and any contact would have caused certain peril to all of us had there been contact with it.
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We decided to call it a night and would break the golden rule of lighthouse watch by all going to bed at the same time if only for a few brief hours to reflect on our ordeal.
 
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The following morning we were greeted by glorious sunshine and a calm sea air.
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The excitement of the previous nights events had helped us to gain restful sleep and all were refreshed as we entered the kitchen and ready for our first meal of the day.
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Breakfast consisted of rolled oats with a little water and a dash of salt,it looked disgusting but tasted nice on the tongue when it was as dry as the proverbial Sahara desert.
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We all then excitingly made our way to the front of the bench where we hoped to inspect the ship after enjoying a cigarette.
 
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"Where's it gone?" I gasped before turning to the others,we all looked at each other like a light has gone out.The crewless ship had some how disappeared from view we looked from all points but saw nothing.
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There weren't even any ships on the horizon,but that wasn't unusual,that's so strange",I exclaimed to Bob and Dave", what do you happened to it?",I asked.
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Dave replied, "I think she must have sunk right here", he relied,but if that was the case we would have found some evidence like driftwood,there was none to be found.
 
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Anyway I decided this first exciting event would be logged into the red book and maybe added to the lighthouse's legendary status.
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Bob now took control of the watch and me and Dave continued the conversation in the kitchen during a game of blackjack.
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We played for a few guineas but knew in all honesty we wouldn't be spending our winnings for a long time to come.
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After lunch we all decided to see if there were any books to be found in the mini library as you can't beat a good read to calm the nerves of being so isolated.
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I loved ghost stories and sometimes even wrote a few myself but I didn't think it was such a good idea to do so at this particular moment.
 
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After a long hour we gave up and decided that we would have to make our own entertainment by singing a few songs and playing a few word games to keep us amused.
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Nothing much exciting happened for the rest of the day and it was time again for my watch to begin.
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The darkness descended upon our isolated location with just the friendly lighthouse's bright beam to warn other ships of impending disaster.
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The first hour began without incident and I could not hear or see anything unusual,but after a couple of hours I began to feel sleepy and had to keep myself occupied. 
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I was beginning to fall asleep and then suddenly in the distance I noticed a small rowing boat making its way toward me and the lighthouse.
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The light was very faint and i could distinctly make out the outline of what appeared to be a young lady dressed in white.
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She looked unconscious or asleep when finally the boat reached me at the foot of the rock.
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She was wearing a white dress and had long dark flowing locks of hair which caressed her shoulders.
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I was shocked to see that someone would be out on this cold night and so far away from land.
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How had she got this far in her small boat without sinking?,I thought, it was indeed a miracle that she might be still alive with regard to the freezing night air.
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I checked for her pulse and there was no sign of life, I looked in to her eyes by pulling down her eyelids but they were dilated.
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I decided not to awake my friends and would take her lifeless body to the living room,where I placed her in to a chair near to the roaring fire and poured her a glass of brandy in hope that she might be revived.
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It seemed an eternity before finally she came round and opened her eyes, she then spoke softly in a Welsh accent, "where am I,who are you what have you done to me?",
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I smiled and told her that she had been found drifting towards the lighthouse in a small rowing boat and that I had taken her in.
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She glanced towards me then placed her head on the cushion and fell asleep once again.
 
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Soon after the others joined me in the living room as they made their way to the breakfast table, "Who's she?", how did she get here?",exclaimed a quizzical looking Bob.
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"Now listen Bob she is our guest and we will find out later how she got here but for now we need to help her recover and make her feel welcome",I said.
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They all agreed but there were concerns for the new sleeping arrangements as there were only two beds but this was soon sorted out,from now on there would be two people 
 on watch and two a sleep at all times.
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We found out a few things about our visitor,she was indeed a Welsh lady who resided in Barry which was the port where we had departed for this location.
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She had a wedding ring on the second smallest finger of her left hand ,it was a beautiful emerald stone with 8 small diamonds clustered around it.
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Our guest spent most of the next two days in bed and seemed to suffer symptoms similar to one you would expect in the tropics, a high temperature, fever and vomiting.
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At one point she looked in a bad way and I feared for her short term health.
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It was regrettable that there was no emergency boat for us to make it back to land in an event that one of us should need a doctor's assistance,this concerned us all as we would simply have to wait for our relief.


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