The boys have stayed on this island for almost 3 months with no adults at all. Ralph was sitting on a burnt tree trunk thinking while the navy officer was waiting for the cruise ship to come close to the island. The rest were standing together half naked on the beach and in the sun.
For a moment, Ralph felt the tears well up his eyes as a thought crossed his mind about the time he spent with the boys on the island. 0Whenever Ralph looked at Jack and the boys with painted faces and long hair, it reminded him of his loyal friend named Piggy who was killed many days ago. He couldn’t believe things would have gone this far and the boys have fallen within a few months, Ralph also blamed himself for not being a good chief and allow the boys to lose all reverence for the rules of a civilization and become savages. Right now, Ralph was crying out the pain within him when the navy officer came nearby him, gave him pat on the shoulder and said
“Fear no more my son, we’re here now. We shall have you cleaned up and get you some rest. Then once we’ve reached our destination in the Great Britain, we shall help you find your relatives and all of you can rejoin your families again.”
The littluns, who were sitting with Jack and Roger, came running to the British officer and hugged him joyfully, except the older kids. The navy officer went to those kids and interviewed them:
“What’s your name lad and how long have you been on this island?” asked the navy officer.
“My name is Jack, sir?”
A boy with red hair and a cap on his head responded first and followed by Roger and Samneric.
“We’ve been on this island for a while now sir. We’re not sure how long we’ve been here.’’
“Why have you lads all painted your faces and why hasn’t that boy with fair hair?” the officer continued asking.
At that point, Jack and the other boys were speechless. Later, they want to say something but words died at their lips. Finally, a voice comes out among the silence: