Larry scratched his beard as he leaned over the railing on the side of the ship. His beard was annoying, unruly, and itchy, but there wasn't much else he could do about it. He continued reminiscing, of his beautiful wife, of his loving daughter, of life in general before the plague. While one may think he was still in a state of denial or severe emotional trauma, Larry had since then moved on. Reminiscing just brought him comfort, comfort that the world might one day return to a better state of being than just 20 strangers on a boat going to wherever the wind decides to take them.
"Penny for your thoughts," said Doc Patricios, who had come up behind Larry and was now leaning on the railing next to him. "Not much, just thinking back," Larry replied. He and the Doc had become decent friends on the trip, mostly since they were both into a branch of biology, even if they were different fields all-together. "Same here," was Doc's reply. They stood together in silence for a bit, before a sudden shout from above broke them both from their respective reveries.
"Land!" Land? Larry was excited about this new thing that came up. He hadn't been on land for what felt like ages; it certainly would be a welcome reprieve from this damned ship. It didn't take long for a small crowd to gather, and the doc got lost in it before Larry could say anything more to him. Larry didn't bother moving, though. He was perfectly fine just waiting to get to the land rather than stand there staring at it for half an hour as it slowly grew closer.
Meanwhile, down below deck, Angela was trying to wake her daughter up. "Just five more minutes..." was the reply from Caroline. "I swear, you spend more time sleeping nowadays than you do awake. Now get up before you become a part of the bed!" Angela said, exasperated and sternly. Groaning, the 12-year-old rolled out of bed, only to land in a heap on the floor. Angela rolled her eyes and sighed, hefting the little girl onto her feet. Caroline stuck her tongue out at her, and they both giggled a little.
At this moment, the warning for land had come, and the duo rushed upstairs to get a glimpse of it. As there was only a crowd of about 15 people, it wasn't hard to push her way to the front and get a view of land; something that excited both Angela and Caroline, both of which were getting sick of the ocean.