Vinson had noticed something amiss as well. Nevertheless, he calmly looked at Arielle and said, “Go to Lorraine and the others. I’ll go to the front to look for the captain.”
With that said, Vinson spun around to leave, but Arielle stopped him.
She shook her head. “Vinson, we won’t make it in time.”
The ship was huge, and Arielle was almost certain that the ship was going to blow up before Vinson could even find the captain.
“Call Aaron and tell him to contact the captain to get everyone on board tojump into the sea with lifejackets on. Then, tell him to send his men over to start a rescue mission,” Vinson responded immediately.
Arielle nodded and fished out her phone to call Aaron and brief him about their situation.
Aaron’s worry rose to its maximum the moment he learned that Arielle and the others were in danger.
“Sannie, I’ll call the captain right away. Hurry up and prepare the lifejackets. I’ll send someone to rescue you all.”
With that, Aaron ended the call and ordered his men to contact the ship’s captain. Then, he sent maritime police to rescue the passengers.
Once he made all the arrangements, he called Arielle again.
“Sannie, I’ve arranged everything. Don’t worry. You’ll be fine!” Aaron’s hand was shaking badly, but he was still trying to reassure Arielle.
“I know!” Arielle was moved to hear Aaron’s concern for her.
“Nancy is sly, and you really have to arrest her as quickly as possible without giving her any room to think.”
Before Arielle could finish her sentence, Vinson came over with two lifejackets, and the two quickly put them on. By then, the captain had noticed something amiss, for the engines were exceptionally hot. However, he never thought that the situation was that grave until he received the call from the king’s men.
Promptly, he made an announcement and told all passengers to put on their lifejackets and jump into the sea.
The passengers panicked. They swiftly grabbed the nearest life jackets before leaping into the waters.
“Boss…” Lorraine was used to life-and-death situations, so she was mostly unfazed.
The only thing she was worried about was Arielle’s safety.
“Jump. If you don’t jump, it’ll be too late.”
With that said, she shoved Cindy, who had already put on her lifejacket, into the sea. Whether or not Cindy lived would be up to luck.
Vinson held Arielle’s hand tightly as the three of them leaped off the ship.
Right as theyjumped down, the humongous ship blew up with the thunderous sound of the explosion. Flames licked the surface of the waters, and the shockwave created gigantic waves that swept over everyone, swallowing them into the sea.
At the same time, the nearest maritime police were rushing toward the location of the ship.
The closer they got to it, the more their hearts sank. The ship was sinking at record-brea king speed, and soon, the entire ship was gone.
“Hurry up and start the rescue operation!”
Aaron arrived at the scene of the explosion, and all the colors drained from his face as he stared at the surface of the sea.
“Did you find anyone?” Aaron asked, his heart thumping loudly against his rib cage.
He was terrified for Arielle and Vinson-afraid that something horrible would happen to them.
“Your Majesty, we’ve found ten bodies,” the captain of the rescue operation somberly said.
Aaron grimaced, and the temperature around him plummeted.
“Keep looking!” Aaron tightened his fists. “I‘ll get someone to verify the total number of passengers. Regardless of whether they’re alive or dead, I want them all found!”
“Yes, sir!” the captain of the rescue operation replied before returning to his work.
Aaron remained standing on the deck as he made a call to summon over a thousand navy soldiers over. Then, he looked at the sea with a pair of binoculars, hoping that he would be able to spot the familiar figures somewhere.