I opened my eyes lazily and smiled, remembering where I was. The cloudless blue expansive sky shone down on me as I gently swayed atop the ocean. I felt warm in the 34 degree Greek heat, but that cool sea breeze was perfect for an early afternoon. I felt well rested after an hour of Pimms-induced sleep aboard the Catamaran we’d hired for the day from Santorini.
‘Oh she’s awake’, I heard Amy say a little too loud.
I laughed, ‘Sorry, but in my defence, I polished off more of that jug than you did’
‘You’re just in time, lunch is served’ The minute she mentioned lunch, I could feel my tummy rumble, perfectly ready for a slow cold lunch. The table was set with fresh fruit, salad, cheeses with bread and even some fish for those that ate it, With seven of us aboard, plus the captain, there was more than enough food for every one to enjoy as we moseyed around the Santorini sea.
‘I could get used to this’, Sam mused as she scoffed strawberry after strawberry, shaking her blonde, sea salty hair against the wind. I hummed in agreement. This had been the best day of our week-long girls holiday so far, with all six of my best friends getting along so well, without ever really having met.
‘Anyone want a drink?’ Heather boomed from the top deck as she filled the other Aimee’s cocktail glass with Pimms. Aimee, in her sun hat, glam sun glasses and floor length bikini cover-up, was born to spend her days aboard a luxurious boat.
“You guys are still going?’ I asked, only half in disbelief while everyone nodded. Ruby who was sunbathing vigorously from the end of the catamaran perked up, the call of a cocktail the only thing to encourage movement.
After lunch we sailed toward a set of rocks, I could see people jumping from various points and bobbing about in the water below, I marvelled at their care-free fun. The deep blue colour of the sea began to turn a clear green as we inched closer to the rocks. Our Captain, Markos, told us we’d moor here for some afternoon swimming and I saw the glint in Lacey and Sam’s eyes as they began to contemplate the rocks.
I’d been desperate to get in the sea all morning so I wasted no time in stripping out of my cover up and and launching myself into the deep cold water. I closed my eyes and held my breath as Amy, Heather and I jumped from the boat into the sea together, hand in hand. I gasped for air as I reached the surface and let out a laugh as I basked in the contrasting cold water and beating heat of the sun.
I watched in awe as, one after the other, Lacey and Sam threw themselves into the sea from one of the rocks. With Ruby, Aimee and Amy dipping their toes and Heather swimming circles around me as I held on to my floaties, the contentment I felt was outweighed only by the nagging feeling that I’d regret not taking that jump from those rocks.
‘You coming?’ Sam shouted as she climbed out of the water and made her way up to the middle point. ‘Yeah! I am.’