"By acts of War, or acts of Peace, one might have to ask, 'why do great ships go down and enter the final eminemity of the sea?' The answer that can be grasped however, lie in the stories of the survivors who remember a private fragment of disaster, a startled glimpse of eternity."
APRIL 14, 2016It was 6:00 in the evening. Steven had just returned from an outing with Connie. They and some of the residents of Beach City have been observing a peculiar sight:Icebergs. . .the spring of that year was unusually cold, and due to this drop in temperature, the Labrador current decided to stop by Beach City and wave at it from some of it's floating packs of sea ice.Ah what a day that was. Steven recalled a talk that he had with Connie concerning the unusual appearance of the Bergs when she suddenly realized the current date."Gosh, Steven, I just realized what this date is suppose to be." she said to him,"Sunday?" he asked."I know it's Sunday, but today is the. . . 105th anniversary of the Titanic Disaster.""The Titanic? what is it suppose to be?""Well Steven." she answered back. "The Royal Mail Ship, Titanic was a huge ocean liner. I mean bigger than Beach City itself. At her time she was the largest and most luxurious liner in the world."Steven began to gain interest in the conversation. "Yeah, keep going""The News at the time were so impressed and awed at her dimensions and machines that they proclaimed her 'Practically unsinkable'. Her Builders, owner's and even her Captain even stated that "Not even Gems themselves could sink this ship.'."Steven then asked "If that boat was unsinkable, then why did it sink Connie?""I'm glad you asked Steven" she answered, "Four days on her Maiden Voyage, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank with 1500 out of her 2200 passengers and crew.""But they said she was unsinkable." Steven said in disbelief "how could she have possibl...""I wish i could tell you more but it's getting late and my parents are expecting me home. Maybe I'll tell you more tomorrow""Alright Connie. goodnight"Goodnight Steven." Connie said, and there discussion ended.As Steven was about to Enter the Crystal Temple he looked outside at the serene view of the drifting sea ice then headed in to take supper and turn in for the night.
10:00 P.M.Connie lay on her bed staring out the window into the moonless and starry sky. The scene seemed unusually tranquil and quiet. The sea was like a black plane. not a single ripple appeared on it's surface. A slight haze blurred the horizon between sea and sky.The serene atmosphere of that night was somewhat surreal since it was this type of night in which the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic."what a night." was the only thought she had upon laying eyes on this spectacle.and slowly she fell into a deep peaceful sleep.
11:30 P.M.Steven was nice and cozy in his bed. The house seemed quiet and still. No light from outside penetrated the interior of the house, (aside from the glow of the Gem temple's interior).He peered out of his blankets and looked out the window.The sea was flat and calm with not a single ripple from the surface. The night was strangely moonless as the icebergs could not be seen due to the lack of moonlight. Despite the darkness, he could make out what appeared to be a faint line of mist blurring the Horizon and the distorted shape of an ice patrol ship prying the waters near Beach city.Steven then closed his eyes and fell asleep.
11:35 P.M.Steven Suddenly felt stinging cold air and the low hum of a ship's engine. as he tried to wake up, he felt that he was no longer sleeping on a bed but was sleeping on the hard wooden surface of a deck Bench. as his eyes opened, he saw a moonless starlit sky with what appeared to be massive smokestack towering over him, emitting a steady stream of smoke that blotched out part of the sky. Cables radiated outward from it. Steven quickly gets to his feet in shock and looked down to see his clothes.His clothes. He was not wearing his pajamas, but instead he was wearing a brown leather coat,, and beneath it, and old fashioned brown vest, a white buttoned shirt and some brown pants and leather shoes. he then felt that he was wearing flat cap or Bunnet that sat on top his curly dark brown hairJumping to his feet in terror, he looked around and saw that he was not in Beach city anymore. He was on the deck of a massive four funneled liner sailing at night. "Where am I?" he asked, then suddenly he realized that his voice was deeper and that he was somehow taller. He looked into the reflection of one the Windows of the Officer's Quarters (he perceived that he was near the bridge) and noted that he had five o clock shadow covering the lower part of his face.This was just too strenuous to Steven."First, i'm on some ship that i don't even know, next, I'm an adult" he thought "how much worse is this going to get?"As a way of easing the tension brewing in his mind, Steven decided to take a stroll along the decks of this enormous ship.He first descended a flight of stairs on the deck outside that led him to a small waist high gate which he promptly jumped over. He then found himself pacing back and forth along the cargo cranes of the well deck thinking about his current dilemma while briefly looking up to see the cold "Whiskers" form around the lights.
11:40 P.M.Three Warning bells from the crow's nest suddenly startled Steven from his train of thought as he looked over the side, he saw what appeared to be a black shape far away in the horizon drawing nearer and nearer. as he turned to the stairs to get a better view of the object, he glanced over the side and noticed that the wakes of the ship resembled HANDS, and that they appeared to be dragging the vessel closer and closer to the object. When he reached what he identified as the "Promenade deck", the object was just close enough for him to discern it as a Massive iceberg that was about as high as the "Boat Deck". Suddenly he felt a slight jolt and the sound of groaning metal as the ship made contact with the Berg. From his viewpoint he perceived that the prow had gouged a small chunk off at the point of collision and that one the Berg had reached the Well deck part of it gave way and fell on the deck with a loud avalanche. the ship heaved slightly to port as it sideswiped the iceberg and Steven suddenly took hold of the rail to prevent himself from tripping. Then just as it had started seconds ago, the grinding sound stopped and the iceberg gradually drifted away."That was a close shave wasn't it?" Steven whispered to himself.Steven decided to head back up to the Boat deck and continue watching the drifting iceberg as it disappeared into the darkness. At the same time he looked at the nameplates of the lifeboats through the darkness and dim red lit oil lamps and suddenly realized what ship he was onin Bold black letters the nameplates read:
S.S. TITANIC, LIVERPOOLAt this moment he realized that it was the ship that Connie had told him about. The big one that sank 105 years ago. Now he was reliving history. reliving that faithful night when the age of innocence ended. he was not in 2016, he was in 1912."No", He thought "This can't be happening".
Connie heard three distant rings from a bell. as she stirred from this minor interruption to her slumber, she felt something different about the bedroom around her. she also heard the dull thud of a Ship's engine. "Steam engines" she thought.
Suddenly she felt the room suddenly vibrate slightly and she heard a sort of low rumble emanate throughout the room. For a full 37 seconds this sound and sensation continued until it suddenly stopped and the dull rhythmic thud of the engines continued.
Connie didn't think much of these peculiar noises and sensations and just continued to sleep on.
11:43 P.M.Soon after coming to terms with his situation, Steven decided to head into the bowels of the Ship to see if anyone knew what what going on. At the Same time he felt the vibrations of the engines slowly cease and stop. Steven traveled down a flight of beautifully ornamented stairs into C-deck where much to his surprise, everyone here was still asleep. One mustached man exited his cabin and pushed Steven aside rudely, then headed up the stairs and out of Steven's sight.As he made another trip up the same flight of stairs, Steven managed to get a good view of the ornately carved clock that hung on the first set of stairs that connected the boat deck to the promenade deck. The carvings around the clock depicted two female figures representing Gems crowning time represented by the clock, and all around the Staircase Steven saw signs that the Ship's architecture was partially influenced by Gem culture and fused with Human culture as there were details that came off of Gem structures and temples that mixed flawlessly with the ornate woodwork and classical carvings.Though strangely He also perceived that the ship was listing slightly to starboard.
11:46 P.M.Upon passing by the Smoking room, Steven overheard a conversation on the passing iceberg seen earlier. He then overheard one of the Gentlemen jokingly telling the man nearby to Go fetch him some of that ice, so that he can put it in his drink.
11:47 P.M.Disgusted by the lack of seriousness in these people, Steven left the Smoking room and continued strolling along the promenade until he felt the ship shuddered to life once again. It was starting to move again though it seemed to move more slowly than beforeSteven realized that this was only worsening the situation for this ship and decided to go below decks to see the damage for himself.
11:49 P.M.After Making a trip down the Grand Staircase, and a sojourn down Scotland road, Steven managed to reach Boiler room number 5. As he peered from behind one of the massive boilers, he saw men in soot covered clothing manning long hoses that seemed to be pumping water from one of the coal bunkers which were probably breached.Since he was not seen from his vantage point. He made his way to the next corridor and into Boiler room number 6. What he saw was truly a appalling sight.Two men in chest deep water were struggling with the pumps as water rushed in at a fast rate due to the ship's slow movement. As he looked carefully, the water didn't rush it naturally, it took the form of multiple arms grabbing at the men and threatening to pull the two men under if they didn't fight to keep standing.Steven stared at the spectacle from some time until he heard the two men talking to each other."It's no use, she's forcing the water in! You gotta tell them to stop! you gotta tell them!!!"
One of the men managed to rush toward a nearby stairwell and make his way into Boiler room number 5. The other followed due to the water arms impeding his pace.
11:52 P.M.While making his way topside, Steven passed by and looked down at what he thought was a postal office that appeared to be already knee deep in water. He could see mail clerks taking wet sacks of mail and placing them in a dry room above. He also noticed what appeared to be an officer watching the commotion gong on in the room."This can't be happening." Steven thought as he began to make his way up to the Boat deck. "This can't. . ."Suddenly, he felt the dull hum of the engines stop and at last cease.
11:54 P.M.Titanic has stopped for the second and last time. She will never be able to move under her own steam again.
11:57 P.MSteven was greeted by a new and louder noise. The deafening roar was in fact the Ship herself releasing the excess steam. To him it was like standing in front of 20 locomotives blowing off steam in a low key. This sound was mingled with the loud whistles that tooted at regular intervals also in an attempt to release the steam.
April 15, 1912
MIDNIGHTConnie suddenly felt another subtly change in the room. it was now slanting very slightly and towards the right side of the room. she then heard the sound of people congregating outside of the Bedroom. a loud roar of steam topped all that off.As she awoke, she heard knocking at the door, and a man poked his head into the room and turned on the lights.The room she was in no longer resembled her Bedroom, instead it was in an old fashioned ornate style. the walls were paneled with decorative card woodwork. the furniture was of equal elegance, and the Window was now instead, a porthole with curtains embellishing the sides, The man did not resemble her father and was of well dressed and mannered attire. He addressed her in a formal British tone."On deck. Captain's orders. wear your lifejackets" he said before suddenly shutting the door.Connie was perplexed by this command and asked herself "I'm on some ship aren't I?"As the got in her feet. She headed to the nearby Vanity and looked into the Mirror.And how shocked she was upon catching sight of her altered appearance.She seemed older now (about 20 years of age). She was somewhat as tall as an adult, and upon looking at her clothing, she discovered that she was not wearing her Pajamas but instead wore an elegant flowing nightdress. As she came to pcik up her glasses, she saw that they were of an older make and model, and seemed to be more like Bifocals than regular glasses.Upon rushing out of her room, she saw that instead of the rest of her parent's house, was a long white gilded corridor. Other people seemed to be congregating in the corridor in complete confusion. some of them were wearing the ghostly white life preservers.Connie recognized the design of the lifejackets and eventually figured out where she was.She was no longer in her home. she was on the Ill-fated Titanic. Amazingly enough she calmed down and returned to her cabin to get back her senses.After about 20 minutes of silence, she had the confidence to get her lifejacket and head outside into the rest of the Ship.Steven's POV:
As Steven made his way to the upper decks, he was greeted to the sight of hundreds of sleepy passengers that began crowding the corridors and staircases that he was standing on."Put your lifebelts on! Put your lifebelts on!" Stewards went around carrying the ghostly white lifejackets and handing them to the half asleep passengers, some of them already putting them on.Steven stopped and asked one of the Stewards."Excuse me. Excuse me sir." he asked "What seems to be the trouble.""There's no problem sir. The ship is just experiencing a little technical issue. we are working on it and we'll be on our way again." This statement he got from the steward din't seem to correlate at all with what he saw in the Boiler rooms."Here's your lifebelt." The steward then gave him a lifejacket, which he reluctantly put on.In the Grand Staircase he got another good look at the ornate woodwork that graced the Staircase. down the center on the lower balustrade stood perched a small statue holding a lamp fashioned to resemble a bubbled crystal. The Statue, he noticed, resembled Amethyst. When he looked up, the Dome itself seemed to be modeled after the dome of the underwater hourglass temple which supposedly rebuilds itself every century.As Steven looked outside onto the Boat deck, he saw crew members beginning to appear on deck and proceeding to unfurl the canvas covers of the lifeboats. This hinted to him that they were beginning the order to abandon ship.
12:20 A.M."Keep lowering. Keep lowering."
"Steady. Steady. keep her level."The crew were about halfway done in preparing the lifeboats. already passengers were beginning to go out onto the boat deck to admire the view. The tune of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" permeated throughout the upper decks from an open window of the Grand Staircase. The tune echoed down into the depths of the ship.In the First class lounge Steven was reading a book entitled "The Gem Race and Their cultures" that was about Gem culture (as interpreted by humans). In one of the leaflets. He saw several photographs of the lunar sea spire with Gems still inhabiting it. Apparently it was taken from another steamship passing by the spire since the Gems in the photo were all facing towards the camera and waving."Hey that's the lunar spire I accidentally destroyed." he said to himself, "forgot the statue and all."In another leaflet, there were two photographs. One of the Gem communication hub in it's heyday and another of the Crystal Temple at Beach city (named Shoretown in this era). clearly the Beach house was not built yet since the opening was visible. Though the interior were the warp pad and gate was located, was covered in excavation equipment along with a an archaeologist posing next to a holographic rendering of Pearl. He then glanced up at the fireplace and stared for some moments at the small statue of Opal that graced the mantle.He then heard one of the men in the lounge jokingly state that he was "Dressed in his best" and that he and his valet were "prepared to go down like gentlemen".Steven left the lounge in disgust of such sarcasm.Out on deck, he heard someone say, "This ship cannot to sink." another man with some women jokingly said "Don't you hear the Band playing?"Steven noticed that the blowing of the steam had gradually ceased. He also seemed to feel as though the ship were listing a bit more noticeably to port.Below Decks, Third class passengers were now leaving their cabins and were being mustered up in dry open spaces in the ship.
As Connie made her way to the end of the corridor, she entered a vestibule with an ornately carved staircase. Half sleepy passengers were all around the room waiting for the next order to come. Stewards and Stewardesses handed out lifejackets to some passengers who did not have any. As she made her way to the Three elevators around the back of the staircase, on a Wall were big brass letters that helped her figure out which deck she was currently on:
To her relief there was an available Elevator that she managed to get into. The young Bellboy stood ready to await orders from the passengers.
"Destination Miss?" The bellboy asked.
"A-Deck please sir." Connie answered.
"Deck A it is Madame.", and the elevator ascended upward to A-deck.
upon Reaching A-Deck. Connie stepped out, and Thanked the Bellboy before making her way into the atrium that is the Titanic's Grand Staircase.
At the Grand staircase. Connie suddenly stopped a Steward and asked him about the nature of the Situation.
"Oh there's nothing to worry about Miss. We're just having a lifeboat drill."
Connie suddenly knew that this statement did not seem to fit in with what she knew of the Sinking.
all around the atmosphere seemed strangely cheery coupled with the tune of "Blue Danube" that echoed from the Band that played in the 1st class entrance hall on the deck above.
In the 1st class lounge. Connie sat near the bookshelf and read one of the volumes the Ship had provided.
Strangely enough, as she browsed through the bookshelf, she came across several volumes that seemed somewhat relevant to this Ship's inevitable demise:
Fultility or Wreck of the "Titania"-Morgan Robertson
"How the Mail Steamer went down in Mid-Atlantic" by a survivor-William Thomas Stead (He was onboard this ship)
Connie realized that she had read these two novels before.
Both were written before the Titanic disaster and had featured a great steamship sinking in the mid-atlantic due to a water Gem reacting to Man's Ignorance and arrogance towards the Gem race.
Connie suddenly realized that This ship too was going to sink due to an equally enraged water Gem. and she knew which one was slowly sinking it.
After spending some time in the lounge. Connie departed and made her way up to Boat Deck.
12:40 A.M.As Steven loitered around the Starboard promenade deck, one of the ship's band members, a cellist darted past Steven and entered the Grand Staircase presumably to join the rest of his band members.Reluctantly he returned to the Boat deck.
12:45 A.M.The slant on the ship seemed more pronounced now, and there even seemed to be a slight list to port as well.Steven then heard an Officer calling out the attention of the nearby passengers."Ladies and Gentlemen may I have your attention please.""For the time being I shall require women and children please."Response was slow and there seemed to be few volunteers coming out of the crowd and climbing into the boat. As son as Steven was about the enter the Staircase again he heard the Officer say "ready on the left. Ready on the right." followed by the shout of, "LOWER AWAY!"
Out on deck, Connie saw that one of the Boats had already gone off but another next to the empty davits that held the first had just begun to lower into the sea.
Outside the Air felt cold. This sensation of cold was biting and stinging and caused discomfort some some of the passengers including connie.
A minute later, She heard a loud explosion followed by a great flash of light. As she looked up she saw that, the first flare had been fired.
In the Distance, connie could make out the faint lights of another ship near the starboard bow that seemed to be somewhat close to the Titanic. She identified the Ship to be the Californian which sat all night and never heeded the Titanic's please for help.
The slant on the ship seemed more pronounced now, and there even seemed to be a slight list to port as well.
12:46 A.M.At the Promenade Deck, Steven suddenly heard a loud explosion that briefly drowned out all the other noise on deck and looked up into the sky. The first of the rockets were fired and it's colored flares momentarily illuminated the sky.As Steven wondered why they were doing this, his eyes caught sight of a two faints dots of light followed by two colored lights, one green, one reds, that he managed to see near the horizon. then his attention turned to another seemingly closer dot of light still seen over the horizon.As he looked up, He saw that lamps fixed atop the Bridge wing cabs were flashing sporadically as though they were trying to signal the distant ship."They're trying to call for help" he thought.
12:54 A.M.A second rocket lit up the sky as Connie sat on a bench on the Port side where boat 6 was positioned.She covered herself in a shawl that was discarded on the Bench as she thought the current situation she wa sin.she remained there in deep thought for some time.
12:58 A.M.As Steven took another look into the Smoking Room. With it's stained glass depiction of several unidentified Gems He now saw only a few men in it, but he saw that one was staring at a painting and contemplating his thoughts. he seemed to be in the same level of distress and disbelief as Steven was. after a while, he took his lifeJacket and headed out of the smoking room.Upon leaving the smoking room. Steven could hear a megaphoned voice yell, "WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST!!!" twice from outside.
1:05 A.M.In the Lower decks of the ship, Steven was greeted with a truly overwhelming sight.Steerage passengers were crowding many of the corridors and seemed to be clueless as to which direction to go. many were pushing an shoving each other in the crowded space.At this point Steven was unable to understand what they were saying since they all didn't speak English.
Suddenly The crowd began to rush as water began to creep into one of the corridors. Steven managed to escape but found himself alone in another part of the ship.
The fourth rocket suddenly interrupted Connie's train of thought and she immediately looked toward Boat 6. It was almost finished being loaded.At the last moment. She got up and was kindly placed and seated near one of the Oars of the lifeboat.The officer gave the cry to lower away and Connie suddenly felt the boat slowly lower along the side of the ship.As it lowered she looked over the side saw the near endless rows of portholes seemingly coming out of the water at an angle and illuminating the black hull of the ailing superliner.Connie looked at the woman next to her. in her mind, she was somewhat thrilled to be seated next to Margaret Brown whom later on would be nicknamed, "The unsinkable Molly Brown."The Man placed in charge of this boat was non other than quartermaster Robert Hichens.
1:15 A.M.After getting lost in this massive maze of a ship, Steven noticed something peculiar with the way the water flowed in.Water seemed to be trickling from the ceiling and what was even stranger was that as he looked at one of the cabins, he saw the water entering through the plumbing and vents.
1:17 A.M. As the Fifth distress rocket ascended and illuminated the heavens, Connie could now see that the Titanic was now up to the forward deck cranes in water. The bow was now submerged."Put your backs into it. Pull!!" Hichens repeated as he urged the ladies aboard to row away from the ship due to the dreaded "Suction" being produced.Minutes later Connie and all members of boat 6 suddenly heard the sound of a whistle followed by the megaphoned voice of Captain Smith echo out toward their position."Come back. come Back to the ship. Boat 6 come back to the Ship!""Stop! we have to go back." urged Mrs. Brown
"No." Hichens responds "The suction will pull us down if we don't keep going."
"We've lots more room"
"NO! It's our lives now not theirs. And i'm in charge of this boat madame, NOW ROW!!!"
And so they kept on rowing.Connie could hear the sound of the Captain's voice still trying in vain to urge the boat to come back."This is the Captain, This is the Captain! COME BACK TO THE SHIP!!!"
1:25 A.M.Steven found himself back in Scotland road and peering down the forward end of the corridor, where the ocean was already accumulating. The corridor was no longer straight and was bowing slightly downward.That was when the electrics began to fail.The lights all around him began to flicker and as he looked into the flooded end of Scotland road, he then saw that the water was suddenly rising up and taking a form.The humanoid form then began to manifest itself further until it finally took the form of someone he know. Someone whom at this current time was a trapped in a mirror yet still have enough power to sink one ship: This Ship.Lapis Lazuli.Steven then suddenly heard a loud metallic pop just forward in the bow from the mail room and then another below him, In boiler room 5 followed by screams of agony from the men. At that moment Steven suddenly realized that the men in those chambers were dead."It was Her, This Ship is sinking because of her." He though, "She's not going to stop until this ship is at the bottom of the sea."At the exact moment, The ship suddenly listed further to port. Steven was suddenly thrown to the floor. And closer to the foward end of the the corridor. The Titanic suddenly let off a long and agonizing metallic groan as though the ship was in pain while under Lapis' influence.The Lapis water clone walked halfway toward him, stopped and then vanished. In it's place was a massive torrent of water heading in his direction.As Steven groped through the partially darkened Scotland Road, he could feel Lapis' ice cold hands threatening to grab him and drag him into the flooded depths of the ship. At last he managed to make his way onto a stairway that lead to D deck.
1:30 A.M.In the Spacious Dining Saloon, Steven caught sight of a small group of men trying to open one of the Portside gangway doors."No.No.No.Stop.Stop. STOP!!" he yelled but it was too late.As soon as that door opened, the small group was greeted by the ocean rushing in and smothering them, flooding the foward section of D deck and accelerating the sinking. The hands noticed him and almost tried to follow him up the staircase but stopped as soon as Steven reached C deck.
1:38 A.M.After 8 minutes of drying himself from that wet experience. Steven headed up back onto the boat deck to see what has changed.
1:40 A.M.On the Boat Deck, Steven Saw that there was more people out on deck, in some places it was calm, in other, it was in a state of complete panic. The Band still played on even in the confusion. Half of the lifeboats were now either being lowered or in the water. The lights of the great ship now began to take on a reddish color as the electrics began to succumb to the cold water.He even heard one woman cry out, "Don't put me in that boat! I don't want to go in that boat! I've never been in an open boat in my life!".Near the stern, Steven noticed how on the Starboard side, when there were no volunteers left, men were placed in the remaining empty seats but on the port side, he saw that they were strictly ordering women and children into the boats. most of the women were unwilling to leave their husbands though."Stop lowering! STOP LOWERING!"Suddenly Steven heard the yelling of passengers and immediately looked down at the side.One of the lifeboats have drifted partially underneath the path of another (Steven knew that this was Lapis' doing). The passengers on both lifeboats struggled to cull the ropes still attached to the lifeboat below. The boat above seemed to be overloaded while the other boat below was full of screaming passengers trying to pull the boat away.Much to Steven's relief, the bottom lifeboat managed to pull free.
1:41 A.M.After using the second class stairwell to reach the port promenade Deck, Steven saw a crowd trying to rush against a lifeboat which was at the level of the promenade rails."Stay Back! STAY BACK YOU LOT! JUST STAY BACK!!"The officer in charge suddenly took out a pistol, and holding the pistol up in the air, fired three loud warning shots that dispersed the crowd startled Steven. heading back up to the Boat Deck, He made his way to the Grand staircase but before he proceeded on, Steven saw a very bizarre sight of what appeared to be a baker throwing deck chairs over the side and passed by some bakers distributing bread to the lifeboats.
At the Grand Staircase Steven looked down from the balcony and saw that the water had already begun to flood D deck. A green swirling ocean down there with debris floating within it. other people seemed to be looking down in the exact same disbelief.
In the lounge he began to note small cracks ans splints in the woodwork that were not there the last time he was in the lounge.
Back at the first class entrance hall on the Grand staircase, The Band was still playing despite the current situation much to Steven's surprise, though this time they were wearing lifejackets.
Surprisingly the remained in that same corner in the entrance hall. where a piano stood bolted to the floor. The open window next to them spilled out elegant tunes that echoed out into the darkness beyond.
"What Brave souls these men were" He thought
1:50 A.M.As Steven looked over the Side of the ship forward. He saw now that the bow was completely gone and that Lapis' water Arms were now grabbing at the base of the mast and fondling part of the forward superstructure. Why no one seemed to notice was his guess. Another two warning shot were heard from the port side along with the cry,"WOMEN AND CHILDREN ONLY!!!"
1:55 A.M.Steven for a moment thought about his inevitable last moments. He thought about all his friends, The Gems, Greg, and Connie, the remaining 1,500 people on this ship. Most importantly he though about his mother.At last he decided that he was going to die like a man/gem and at least die proudly and heroically.
2:00 A.M.As he looked at one of the lifeboats being lowered. He noticed the same mustached man that brushed him earlier go into the lifeboat. The officer in charge of lowering paused as he saw the man enter, Then said a firm, "lower away" and the lifeboat was launched. The Band's cheery ragtime and classical selections changed to a more solemn hymn-like song, "Nearer my god to thee".
2:05 A.M.The lights were beginning to dim and glow red. The Sea seemed closer to the Bridge nowLapis was killing the Titanic.And Titanic was dying.
2:10 A.M.Steven was suddenly called to from the roof of the officer's quarters. The men up there needed help freeing one of the last two boats from the roof."Hey laddie. Get up here and help us if you want to live!"When Steven reached the location of the boat which was on the port side, he noticed that it didn't look like any of the boats he saw.This boat was nearly flat and appeared to have canvas sides, but the canvas sides appeared to be folded in. Despite it's light appearance, the men were struggling to push it off the deck.Below him, a makeshift ramp was prepared to slide the peculiar boat onto the Deck and prepare it as soon as possible.At this point the Band played one final song. "Songe d' Automne." People were now heading toward the stern. The lights now were as dim and red as ever.
Next to Steven was was a man who appeared to be part of the First class."What is your name sir?" Steven askedThe man answered back, "Me name is Johnson white senior."just as they were going to start their conversation, the officer shouted at them to return their attention to the flattened boat.
At this point, all the lifeboats had gone. the only two boats left were collapsibles that sat on the roof of the Officer's quarters.
Connie could see now that the List to port had become greatly pronounced now. Passengers were now beginning to make their way toward the stern.
It was beginning to become difficult to see the ship now. The lights had begun to take this deep red hue and periodically faded slightly as the generators struggled to keep running.
2:15 A.M.With all their might Steven, White. and the other men managed to free the boat from the roof, but He and a few men suddenly fell down with the boat and onto the deck. The boat managed to break his fall.Steven and some of the passengers now had to flip the Boat right side up but now the Titanic's list to port had become so pronounced that most of the passengers were forced to head to the Starboard side in an attempt to right the ship.Steven then saw a man on the roof ogf the officer's quarters that he perceived as the captain yelling through his Megaphone, "EVERYONE TO THE STARBOARD SIDE". which most of the passengers heeded.He then heard someone shout "Go Gently!" as though the sudden shift to starboard might disturb the ship's position.Suddenly Steven heard some underwater explosions and felt the ship rise a few feet for a moment. His thought was that Lapis just overwhelmed another boiler room and the underwater explosions were more rooms imploding.Then the deck suddenly dropped back down in an almighty splash and what appeared to be huge mounds of water rose up and engulfed the Bridge, washing the captain and all others off into the water.Steven and some passengers managed to scramble onto the still upturned boat. As he looked around he saw now many large water arms grabbing onto the submerged part of the ship and dragging it down. Some of them were grabbing people and drowning them as well. The Ship groaned loudly, as it suddenly twisted to port, and Steven and the men on the boat found themselves next to the massive forward funnel.
Suddenly the Ship appeared to take a sudden dive as water surged over the bridge and inundated the deck. connie noticed that the titanic seemed to twist toward the diection of the Boat. With a great shower of soot and sparks the second funnel was lifted off and feel toward the port side of the ship was the list to port became more pronounced.
As soon as the water hit the base of the Forward funnel, Connie saw that the water suddenly rose up on the port side of the funnel in the form of a hand and pushed the funnel down toward the starboard side, killing the swimmers on that side of the ship. The ship seemed to shake very much as water filled up the empty hole where the forward funnel stood. It shook again as the water formed into a fist and punched through the skylight of the Grand Staircase dome, sending torrents of water into the dome and destroying the staircase within.
Steven's POV:The Cables holding down the funnel snapped one by one as Lapis Lazuli began to push the funnel toward the starboard side. Suddenly the base of the funnel crumpled as it finally gave way and toppled onto the poor swimmers in it's path. Crushing them to death.The funnel landed near the upturned boat and it's splash washed Steven and some passengers clinging onto the boat into the water.Striking the water was like a thousand knives being driven into Steven's body. The pain was so incredible that he just wanted to scream underwater. Suddenly Steven felt as though he were being dragged into a whirlpool. While underwater he saw where he was heading. Lapis had apparently punched through the glass dome of the Grand staircase and proceeded to flood it. The result was this enormous whirlpool that Steven was now being dragged towards. Steven fought in vain to swim away from the jagged edges of the destroyed dome. All around him he saw passengers being dragged down with the ship and water arms pulling the bow lower and lower into the depths. At last he managed to pull through. and swim back to the upturned boat. As he escaped he saw the destroyed Grand staircase break through the wrecked dome and float up toward the surface as the ship suddenly twisted back to starboard. It shed all it's woodwork one it hit the surface and the metal skeleton of a staircase sank back down into the gaping hole.
To his horror. he saw this Johnson white being dragged down into the depths, his leg trapped in the broken wrought iron frame of the shattered dome.As Steven was pulled back onto the upturned boat. He turned back just in time to see the second funnel topple toward the port side in a shower of soot and sparks.No music played from the band and all that Steven heard was splashing, passengers screaming, the ship groaning and the sound of every moveable object in the ship falling towards the bow and breaking.He also saw what appeared to be fissure forming rapidly just in front of the third funnel.
2:17 A.M.Suddenly the lights dimmed out came on again then finally faded out permanently as the ship reached an angle of 25 degrees. Suddenly Connie heard two loud reports and saw the Ship suddenly righting itself again. It suddenly listed sharply to port once it had touched the water.An oil lamp floated near where the third funnel deckhouse was suppose to be, and as Connie looked through the darkness. She saw no forepart connect to the afterpart and instead saw a clean break just forward of the Third funnel. The ship had broken in two.As the Bow disappeared, the Stern suddenly rotated until the deck was facing Connie and with an almighty groan, it slowly pivoted as it gradually became vertical.The stern suddenly stopped at about an angle of 60 degrees. To Connie it seemed like a black finger pointing accusingly into the heavens. It held like that for a few seconds then slowly as it pivoted and planed forward, the Stern began it's decent into the water. Connie could only watch as the Stern slowly disappeared into the cold dark ocean.Steven's POV:Lapis Lazuli finally gives Titanic her Deathblow.As the Stern finally reached the angle of what Steven perceived to be 25 degrees. The fissure finally opened and lights finally dimmed out. Steven heard two loud explosions and terrified screaming as the Ship broke just in front of the Third funnel.As his eye's adjusted and as the emergency dynamos on the stern section kicked in, Steven saw the Stern settle back slowly and lurch to port. Smoke and a warm glow appeared where the smoking room should be indicating that the coals in the fireplace have started a small fire. The third funnel fell forward and the 4th funnel fell back toward the stern. The water arms covered the tear at the bow, and the Bow section was finally consumed by the ocean. He could tell that the bow had gone since he saw no forepart connect to the stern. The Stern settled down briefly before rebounding back slightly. The keel was finally severed.After Lapis finally dealt with the bow, her attention shifted toward the stern.Steven saw through the dimness of the Stern's emergency lights and through the column of smoking forming over the break, the water arms slowly taking hold of the Stern's broken edge and dragging down the Stern next. As they took hold, the Stern, still on her port side, slowly pivoted her decks away from Steven as though to hide from him, the awful spectacle. He watched in awe as the Stern pivoted around as it was dragged vertical.At last the stern stopped at an angle of about 60 degrees and stayed that way for a few seconds which felt like five minutes to Steven. then she slid slowly forward, still pivoting, and dived slanting down. As Steven saw the stern being consumed he heard a loud hissing sound and the cries of the passengers getting progressively louder and louder as the Stern sank. At last the dim lights finally faded and went out altogether. Lapis had finally slain her."She's gone lads."
2:20 A.M.As Soon as the stern vanished from sight a new noise came across the ocean. It was the sound of men, women and Children screaming for help into the water. Their cries echoes out pleas and desperate cries for someone to rescue them. Accompanying this sound were dull underwater explosions that could only have come from the imploding stern as it took on Lapis's wrath head on.The Sound was blood curdling, and Connie just couldn't keep herself together by the noise
APRIL 15, 2016Steven suddenly woke up in a cold sweat. He found himself back in the Beach House and back to his normal self again.He then glanced at his alarm clock.
2:20"Titanic sinks now" he whispered. "She's gone. . . " He felt tears well up in his eyes and silently he wept.When he finally became tired again. Steven fell back to sleep.
Connie suddenly woke up in terror and looked around. she was back in her home and back in her normal age. She looked at the clock which read:
The experience was so vivid and traumatizing that she vowed never to tell, her parents, Steven, or everyone about the awful spectacle she dreamt up last night.
For, the rest of the night, she had difficulty sleeping and from 4 to 6 in the morning just stayed up and stared blankly at the wall.
APRIL 15, 1912As Steven slowly woke up he found himself in another lifeboat and not on the same upturned boat.The dawn was a brilliant pink. Around him, were icebergs that lay strewn about. One of them he noticed, had part of it broken off forcefully and a scar of red paint ran across it's waterline.As Steven peered from the lifeboat, he saw that they were getting closer to another smaller ship.This he say, had one funnel that was painted red and a white superstructure and black hull.As the Boat drew nearer. He was able to make out the ship's name:
CARPATHIAThe Lifeboat pulled up along side the Carpathia and Steven along with the occupants in it were assisted aboard.Once aboard. He managed to look out onto the ocean and found a large pile of debris floating in the distance. He nearly mistook it as an island.When he glanced back onto the Ship's deck which was teeming with survivors, he saw yet again that familiar mustached man. he noticed that he had a saddened expression on his face.Steven Decided to follow the man into the ship. He learned his name when he began shouting it to the crew members of the ship.First at the dinning room he announced,"I'M ISMAY!! FOR GEM'S SAKE, GET ME SOMETHING TO EAT!!!"
He then saw "Ismay" then attempt to bribe one of the stewards.Later on He heard Ismay yell out "I'M ISMAY!! GET ME A STATEROOM!!!"Then from corner of a hallway, he saw him enter the Doctor's cabin and locked himself in. not before writing a handwritten sign and hanging it out then locking the door.As Steven approached the door, he saw that the handwritten sign read "Please do not knock.". Steven did not attempt to knock knowing that he might aggravate this poor soul.Steven Then returned outside, took off his lifejacket, bundled himself in thick blankets and stared up at the morning sky.As he slowly dozed off he heard the familiar comforting voice of pearl."Steven"
"Steven. It's time to wake up."
APRIL 15, 2016
6:00 A.M.The ordeal had ended.Steven slowly woke up and found himself once again back in the safety of his Home. Perl was sitting near his bedside softly urging him to wake up.Steven then lovingly hugged her and both had a tender moment for that while.Steven decided never to tell his vivid dream to Connie or everyone else.He understood now how it felt to be a witness to tragedy. . .For on that fateful night he was visited by the Ghosts from the Grand Banks. . .
" In a solitude of the sea
Deep from human vanity,
And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she.
Steel chambers, late the pyres
Of her salamandrine fires,
Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres.
Over the mirrors meant
To glass the opulent
The sea-worm crawls — grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent.
Jewels in joy designed
To ravish the sensuous mind
Lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind.
Dim moon-eyed fishes near
Gaze at the gilded gear
And query: "What does this vaingloriousness down here?" ...
Well: while was fashioning
This creature of cleaving wing,
The Immanent Will that stirs and urges everything
Prepared a sinister mate
For her — so gaily great —
A Shape of Ice, for the time far and dissociate.
And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
Alien they seemed to be;
No mortal eye could see
The intimate welding of their later history,
Or sign that they were bent
By paths coincident
On being anon twin halves of one august event,
Till the Spinner of the Years
Said "Now!" And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres."