As I watched Jack float into the water, I felt chills seep into every inch of my body. After a few agonizing moments, those sapphire blue eyes popped wide open.
"Jack! Oh, God, thank you. Jack!" I shouted with as much force as I could manage. My hands searched for his in the ice-cold water as he rose to the surface. I felt myself fall into the water with a splash and found Jack's arms around me instantly.
"I love you so much, Rose." He whispered, his voice cracking because of the cold.
"I love you too. Oh, God, I thought I lost you. I was so scared, Jack," I replied as tears threatened to spill down my face.
"I'm a survivor, always have been," he joked weakly.
Suddenly, Jack slipped from my grasp and was pulled into the lone lifeboat.
"Up you go, miss!" a voice encouraged me as I was lifted out of the water. A blanket was placed around my shoulders and I was set next to Jack. My Jack, who was safe and sound next to me. Our arms wrapped around each other and Jack fell into a deep slumber. I watched him breathe for a few minutes before falling asleep; there was no way I was losing him now.
After what felt like a few minutes, my eyes opened to shouting voices and another ship. I was still cold, down to the core of my being. I looked over to see Jack waking up as well. There were so many things I wanted to say, but every time I opened my mouth, I was unable to form the words. Someone sat me up, tied a rope around my waist, and helped me climb the first few rungs of a ladder. My joints were stiff and mechanical, but I managed to make it to the deck. After someone untied me, I turned around to see Jack climbing on to the deck. He saw me and crushed my body against his. Finally, I could feel the cold start to leave me. He kissed the top of my head and then walked me towards the Carpathia staff. With Jack whispering words of encouragement in my ear and his arms wrapped around me, I felt safer than ever.
"Names, please!" a man quipped.
After a quick glance at me, Jack replied, "Jack and Rose Dawson" confidently. Jack saw the look of astonishment on my face and kissed me tenderly. A stewardess cleared her throat, and we broke apart. I felt my cheeks flush as we turned to face the woman. She handed a blanket a large mug of hot chocolate to each of us. After I took a sip of my hot chocolate, the man handed Jack a key.
"Here you are! Room 342. Head right down that hallway over there."
We nodded and headed towards our room, careful to avoid the hysteria spreading throughout the deck.