OCEANUS ADVENTURE #17

A Fictional Series by J Quisumbing

Chapter 7

Tess Ramiscal stood before the door for a good 5 minutes. She had been staring at a hand written sign that says ‘Buenaventura Productions, Editing in progress, DO NOT DISTURB!’. She took a big breath then knocked.

The door opened but instead of Alicia, it was a young woman. Tess recalled that she was one of Alicia’s production assistances.

“Is Alicia here?” Tess asked.

“She’s recording in the other room. She can’t be disturbed.”

“Who’s at the door, Linda?” It was Alicia’s voice shouting from the other room.

“Alicia? It’s me, Tess. Can I come in?”

“Tess? Sure, sure! Come on in!”

The suite was a mess. Tess went over to the other door and tapped on it.

“Come in.”

When she opened the door, the room was dark and smoky. She was wondering why the smoke detector was not blaring away and the officer of the day not up here by now. Then she noticed that it was clearly tampered with.

The room was suppose to be the second bedroom of a two bedroom suite. But Alicia had converted it into an editing suite. A work table had replaced the bed and was placed in the middle of the room. On it were a sophisticated desktop computer and two laptops. On the wall were two flat screens TVs. One was showing an aerial of Oceanus. The other was a paused screen of Alicia in an outfit that reminded Tess of a Hollywood starlet.

“Hold on Tess,” said Alicia as she took a puff of her cigarette. “I just have to review this edit one more time.”

She clicked the play and then the graphics of the Pacific Ocean behind Alicia came to life. The heading, Pacific Garbage Patch, slowly materialized next to her.

“According to Wikipedia, the Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a whirl of marine debris particles in the Pacific Ocean. The collection of plastic and floating trash originated from the Pacific Rim, including countries in Asia, North America, and South America.”

The graphic behind Alicia zoomed in showing the area of the ocean with Hawaii in the middle. On the left and right of Hawaii, were two twirling arrows, one going clockwise the other counter-clockwise.

“The patch is actually two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage. What has been referred to as the ‘Eastern Garbage Patch’ lies between Hawaii and California, while the ‘Western Garbage Patch’ extends eastward from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands. An ocean current about 6,000 miles long, referred to as the Subtropical Convergence Zone, connects these two patches, which extend over an indeterminate area of the widely varying range, depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area.”

The graphic behind her then changed into photo of concentrated trash floating on water.

“The vortex is characterized by exceptionally high relative pelagic concentrations of plastic, chemical sludge, wood pulp, and other debris trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.”

“No no no…” Alicia cried out as she paused the video. She stood up, walked right by Tess and opened the door. “Linda, that garbage pic made me look like I was wading in sludge. Go back in there and find me a better image. We have to upload this in an hour.” She then pulled out another cigarette and strolled out onto her balcony to light up. Tess followed her out.

To be continued…

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Note from the author:
Oceanus Adventure is a fun effort on my part to enter the wonderful world of creative writing. It’s a story of a group of people who launched themselves into the Pacific Ocean on an artificial island to solve the Great Pacific garbage patch. My hopes is that this will end up into a TV series.

Comments and idea suggestions will be most welcomed. I hope you enjoy.

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