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Nim got out of bed to find her father and Alex packing. They had been doing that for a few days. They were about to take a two week trip on their boat to study ocean life for Alex's new Alex Rover book. They had all adjusted well to Alex being there. Nim could listen to all of Alex Rovers adventures from the mouth of the person who made them up. She got used to the life of the island and everything was great.

Nim's dad Jack looked up from his bag and saw Nim looking at him pack.

"You going to be alright for two weeks?" He asked.

"As long as you promise not to get lost at sea again," said Nim. Jack laughed.

He took her hand and said, "I promise." He and Nim did their handshake, and then he went back to packing. Alex came in with her bag.

"Are you ready?" She asked.

"Just about." Jack picked up the picture of Nim and her mother and placed it on top of his things. He stared at it a moment and then zipped the bag shut. Nim fallowed them out of the house.

"See you at the beach!" She called as she ran towards her zip line. She sipped toward the beach and made it just as jack and Alex exited the jungle.

"Beat ya," she giggled. Jack dropped his bag and ran over to Nim. He picked her up in a big bear hug.

"I'm going to miss you so much!" He said.

"I'll miss you too, but you need to get going." Jack put Nim down and gave her a kiss on the cheek and boarded the boat with Alex.

"I love you!" He yelled as the boat glided into the sea.

"Love you too!" In a few minutes the boat was out of sight. Nim sat down on the sand and Selkie the Sea lion hobbled up next to her.

"So what now Selkie?" The sea lion hobbled towards the water. "A swim?" Nim ran over and waded in the water. She fallowed Selkie deeper into the water. They were in about nine feet deep of water when Selkie bolted into the ocean and appeared ten feet away.

"Selkie! What are you doing?" Nim yelled. She swam up to Selkie only to have him swim dive down and appear ten feet away again. Nim swam up to Selkie and latched her arms around his neck.

"Stop doing that!" She laughed. Then she saw her. About six yards out, a girl lay on top of a few stray pieces of wood. Her brown hair was dirty and tangled with seaweed and other plants. And parts of her pale face was burned. Her jeans and blouse were ripped in places and there was a small gash on her arm that was bleeding.

"Oh no! Come on Selkie!" They swam up to the girl. Nim grabbed her around the waist and wrapped her other arm around Selkie's neck.

"Take us home Selkie!" Shouted Nim. And with that, Selkie bolted for the beach.