“Attention passengers, please exit at this time. We have docked in Slateport City. Enjoy your trip, and thank you for sailing with the Big Dipper.”
I loved that speech. I heard it everyday, now that I was officially the new Captain.
I placed the last few trinkets on my desk, and walked to the deck to thank my passengers.
“Thank you for sailing with us.”
“I hope you enjoyed your stay.”
“Thank you. Please come again.”
My friendly comments were ignored, but I did not mind.
“Thank you so much for sailing with us.”
“You’re welcome!” a small boy announced. I smiled. Little kids were always so nice to me.
The boy’s mother gripped his hand and moved him along. I guess she didn’t want him to talk to strangers.
After the last passenger had left, I sighed and stared out into the endless crystal waves. They looked so peaceful and happy…
Was this really the life I wanted? A thankless job, serving just above the water?
I slowly allowed myself to slip into the grasp of my memories. Why did I choose to be a human? I remembered that desicion well…
“Gidget, are you sure?” Athena had asked me.
“Yeah. The Captain already offered me a job there.”
“Okay. I’m just saying… After today I’m going to begin my job at Professor Sycamore’s lab. And then from there… Who knows! What I’m trying to say is that after today, you may never see me again, so you’ll be stuck as a human…”
I hadn’t hesitated. I smiled and nodded, and went into the blinding machine. In an instant I was human.
“Good luck, Gidget.”
“Thanks. You too, Athena.”
I had turned around to make my way to Coumarine City, where the Big Dipper had been docked. The waves had seemed to be calling my name.
Now, the waves were still there, but seemed to be taunting me. They seemed to be beckoning me to the water.
“I can’t. I have responsibilities now,” I wanted to say.
I sighed and made my way slowly to my office to stare at numbers, paper, and the wall.
My office was not quite an office. It has a desk, but it also had an inflatable couch, a TV, a Lemonade fountain, and much more. But none of that could cheer me up.
Suddenly, I heard a knock on my door.
My best employee, Marvin, and a young woman stood in the doorway.
“Miss Gidget? This lady has requested to speak with you.”
“Okay. Thank you, Marvin.”
The woman started to talk at once. “Hello. My name is Fawn, and I just wanted to tell you that this cruise was one of the highlights of my life. It was absolutely stunning and I was mesmerized the whole time. And when people just walked past you without saying a thing, it just made me sick! So I wanted to say thank you for the trip. It was amazing.”
Tears of pure joy started to form. This is why I loved my job.