Darrel moved toward James. “Hold still, Champ. Don’t move.”
As Darrel got closer, James jumped up. The scorpion flicked its poisonous tail and stung the child’s leg. James yelled and fell on the ground, crying hysterically.
Stephanie picked him up. His leg was already starting to swell and turn bluish. Brent stepped on the scorpion which cracked under his foot.
“What are we gonna do about his leg?” Stephanie asked.
“Well, this is what they do for rattlesnake bites in cowboy movies” Steve said, as he opened the blade of his pocketknife.
“Oh no,” Cathy told him. “That knife is all dirty. It has to be clean.”
“Bring him to camp carefully,” Steve said. “Ill go on ahead an get everything ready. Don’t move him around too much.”
When the others got to camp, Steve had all the stuff ready. They laid James on the bed and told him what they had to do. Steve made made a cut over the wound so it could bleed freely. He put pressure on the cut to stop the bleeding.
“Now what do we do?” Cari asked.
“Just wait and see what happens,” Steve told her.
The swelling went down and James’ leg healed up fine.It was like nothing had ever happened. The never did go back into that cave afterward. They had gotten all the supplies they need it from it.
Whenever Cari was near Brent she got a strange feeling, like when she had a crush on the football captain in high school. She couldn’t even look at Cathy without a wave of guilt spilling over her.
Could she be falling in love with Brent? She always made sure that when she ate dinner she sat between Steve and Brent. Cari knew the truth. She was falling for Brent, but she blocked the thought out. She loved Steve, too.
“I’m going for a swim,” Cari said as she walked out of the hut. She strolled over to where Brent was sleeping in the sand. “Want to go swimming?” she asked him.
He looked up at her standing there. Her hair was shining in the sun. He could almost see inside the skimpy shirt she wore for a bathing suit top.
“Okay,” he said as he stood up. They ran together toward the water.
Steve watched them. He burned with anger. Lately he felt that his relationship with Cari had been slipping away, and now he knew why.
Cari went underwater and when she tried to come to the surface she found that her foot was caught and she couldn’t come up all the way. She managed to stretch enough so that she could call for Brent. “Help me,” she said, as she choked on the water.
Brent went under and pulled her foot free. Then he dragged her to the shore. “Are you all right?” he asked.
“Yes,” she told him. “I’m fine.”
“I thought you were going to drown,” he said.
“Thank you,” Cari choked, and she threw her arms around him and kissed him. It was then that Brent discovered he had the same feelings for Cari that she had been feeling about him. Brent pulled Cari closer and kissed her. Neither of them had any idea that Steve and Cathy had seen what had just happened.
Cari walked into her hut about half an hour later. She put her hand on Steve’s shoulder. He pulled away from her.
“What’s wrong?” she asked.
“You know what’s wrong,” he said.
“I do not,” she told him. But she did know what was wrong. Steve had seen her with Brent.
“That’s a bunch of bull!” he yelled.
“Don’t you raise your voice to me,” she said.
“Aren’t I good enough for you?” he asked sarcastically. “Maybe we’ve been on this island too long. I guess you need a a little variety in life. Your kind usually does.”
“And what is that supposed to mean?” Cari said.
“You know what I mean,” Steve told her. “It means you’re a…”
Before he could finish, Cari smacked him in the mouth. “Don’t you ever call me that,” she said, lowering her voice.
Steve pushed Cari on the bed and held her there with one hand. With the other hand he slapped her, hard, four times in the face. Cari kicked him in the knee and he backed away, but as soon as she stood up he grabbed her by the shoulders and slammed her against the wall He began hitting her again and again. Cari tried to fight off his slaps, but she was too weak.
“Stop it Steve,” Cari cried. “Please stop it.”
Steve shoved her out the door. “Stay out of my life, you’re scum!” he yelled.
Meanwhile in Brent’s hut …
“How could you do this to me?” Cathy asked Brent. “After all we’ve been through. How could you do this?”
“Listen,” Brent said. “There’s is nothing between Cari and I.”
“Sure,” Cathy cried. “Tell me all about it.”
“I tried to,” Brent told her. “She was drowning I pulled her out of the water …”
“I suppose you were giving her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” Cathy yelled. She walked to the door and opened it. “Now get out of here you, you …”
“What?” he said. “What am I?”
“I don’t think you want to know what I’m thinking about you,” she said icily. “Now get out.”
Brent left and saw Cari sitting outside crying. He ran over to her and asked her what happened. When Cari told him, he walked into her house.
“You jerk,” Brent said said to Steve accusingly. “Beating up a girl.”
“I think nothing of beating her up a little bit,” Steve told him. “After what she did with you.”
“Well I think nothing of hitting a girl, either,” Brent said, as he punched Steve in the face. Steve fell back, hit his head and was knocked out.
Cari was staying with Candy and Kevin, while Brent was with Kris and Lance. Everyone on the island was upset about the whole thing.
“I don’t understand why Steve is so uptight just because you were saving Cari’s life,” Kris said to Brent.
“Kris,” Lance told her. “Brent wasn’t giving her mouth-to-mouth.”
“Then what were they doing?” Kris asked.
“Just mind your own business, would you, Kris?” Brent snapped.
“Well gosh,” Kris said. “Calm down. I didn’t tell you to go and make out with Cari on the sand.
Brent stood and gave Kris a cold stare. She walked out the door to see if Stephanie needed her to baby-sit.
To be continued …