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This assignment was another that had to do gifs because I felt like improving my abilities a bit more in relation to that. Also, I seem to be problematically attracted to any assignments that let me tell a story. For this one I have to write a quick story, and its ending has to be a five second gif of my own creation. So, without further ado:
"Captain, sir! Captain Ark!"
The captain shielded his eyes against the rain and looked for who was calling him. Gods above, this isn't the time, he thought. If they ran into one more disaster on this voyage, he wasn't sure what was going to give out first: the ship, his men's morale, or his patience.
The trip had been a disaster from start to finish. First, the dead birds - an undeniable bad omen. Then, the food had spontaneously spoiled with no explanation. And now - he blinked the seawater from his eyes - this blasted storm!
Luck this bad wasn't a matter of mere chance; someone on his ship had angered a god (or several) and now they would all pay the price. But that wasn't what he could afford to concern himself with now. Not when--
The ship pitched violently and the captain nearly lost his balance. He roared warnings at his crew when the boy who had called for him earlier finally caught up to him. He grabbed the lad's arm to keep him steady. He looked slight enough for a a gust to carry him off the deck.
"What news?" The captain shouted over the winds. "Speak, boy!"
"An isle! An isle to the West!"
Hope sparked in the captain's chest. If there was shelter to anchor in, they could wait out the rest of the storm, "Can we drop anchor? Is there a cave?"
But the boy shook his head, "No cave, sir! But the barrelman, he saw a temple!"
"Un--" the ship tilted dangerously again and they both stumbled before regaining their balance. "Unmarked, sir!"
Unmarked? Unmarked! Maybe some god had finally taken pity on them. They could pray for forgiveness to any deity at a temple undedicated, and hopefully escape this cursed storm.
The captain sent the boy back below and bellowed instructions to the men on deck. Under the onslaught of wind and rain, time seemed to slow to a crawl. But eventually, they managed to drop anchor near enough to the island. But they would have to hurry; his ship was still taking a beating simply by remaining near the shore.
The captain reached the shore with a small party of his crew and a satchel of sacrificial offerings on his arm. He ordered everyone to stay behind. It was an unmarked temple, yes, but he still didn't know who it was who had offended the gods. Whoever it was, he did not want them with him.
The temple was a short distance from where they docked, and the captain made haste under the pressure of the rain. Once inside, he walked slowly within. There would be a chamber made for placing the items he had brought with him.
Once he finally found the room, he knelt and spoke a prayer. An ominous silence followed that set him on edge - he had to get back to his ship soon.
Hurriedly, he approached the tall chest in which he was supposed to deposit the items he brought with him. He opened it quickly, placing wrapped packages and various foods inside. When it came to the last, and strangest item he had brought with him, he took a breath, readying to bolt, and hoping no god would be offended by the offering.
Before reflecting, I have to first give credit to my friend who sent me the video from which I made the gif and gave me permission to use it.
Now, my experience with this activity I'm more satisfied with. Because I definitely used the "Create & Innovate" section skills by writing the story and designing the post, but I also worked in my "Tools & Technology" knowledge by replicating what I did last time with the gif, and also making sure its timing was right. Additionally, I managed to improve the "Identity & Wellbeing" category, I think, by familiarizing myself with how to go about properly using a clip that isn't mine in a way that doesn't upset anyone - so by asking permission and providing the desired attribution. This, in turn, also helped me improve my "Communicate & Collaborate" section, since I did have to contact and work with my friend in order to get the clip at all.