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[[TALE OF THE SMUGGLER ->Tale of a Smuggler]]
[[TALE OF THE MOTHER ->The Tale of the Mother ]]
[[TALE OF THE STUDENT ->Tale of the Student]]
You are a mother living in the city of Tangier on the coast of Morocco. You live with your husband and your 3 young children. You recently lost your job and are seeking to cross the strait of Gibraltar and head to Spain in hopes of becoming more successful. Life was good in Morocco, however you feel that your children will live a better life on the other side. Crossing the strait is dangerous, and you have many concerns about bringing your children across. The neighbors across the street just recently left days ago to cross with a smuggler their husband knew, however, you haven't heard from them in a few days. The mother, Sandra, gave you the contact of the smuggler they traveled with and you decide to contact him.
With the authorities being in high alert you are reluctant at first to meet with him, but the next day you meet him near a local coffee shop near the water. He tells you the details of the passage and the cost per person, which is all fine at first until he tells you that he only has room for 4 more passengers. That would mean your family would not be able to travel all together. You confront the matter with your husband and he tells you that he will stay back and you can leave with the children. He says he will try and find the next boat out. Crossing the strait can be dangerous, as for getting into spain as well, do you wait as a family in hopes to find another smuggler or do you leave with your children and get out while you can?
[[Leave with your children and without your husband]]
[[Wait until you find room as a family on another boat]]You are a smuggler living in the city of Tangier on the coast of Morocco. Your job is to secretly sail people across the strait separating Morocco and Spain. So far business has been good. Your partner has never come back with a shortage of willing customers and you yourself have, over the last 6 months, successfully avoided both the Moroccan and Spanish authorities, however you can’ say the same for your patrons once they’re off the boat. Things have been heating up the past few months with a high influx of people wanting to get out of Morocco, meaning that the Spanish authorities have been on high alert.
[[Smuggler Cont.]] You are a student living in the city of Tangier on the coast of Morocco. You live with your mother Jasmin and two younger siblings Ali and Beni who are twins. You currently attending the local school and are going to graduate soon. Your mother works at a café and your father went missing ages ago. Currently your mother can only afford to send you to school and Ali and Beni who are 7 years old, just play in the park for most of the day waiting for your mother to return home. As you get closer to graduation you realize that can’t go much further with life here in Morocco, that most of the good jobs are taken and you can’t afford a higher education. You wish that you could help your mother out with money and that you could help her get Ali and Beni in school.
[[Student Cont]]You and your partner are planning your next trip in the coming days. You sail an inflatable pontoon boat with a small trolling motor you salvaged from an older ship near the docks. Both are easy to hide between trips. The pontoon has sprung a few holes over the months but as of recent, you’ve grown concerned about the potential of springing a big enough hole that the whole boat will go under one of these days. As well, the trolling motor has begun to sputter at times. You and your partner agree that, due to recent success, there is room to pay for some repairs. He himself isn’t too concerned, but then again, he isn’t the one driving the boat. He would much rather pocket the extra money for when we eventually decide to pay for some fake documents and make it to Spain ourselves. What do you do?
[[Repair the boat]]
[[Repair the motor]]
[[On second thought, let's save the extra money]] You both agree on repairing the boat. Your boat can carry at most 8 passengers and yourself. Your partner tells you that currently 6 people have paid and he’s waiting on payment from one of 2 other parties, one a mother and her 4 year old child and the other 2 teenage girls. The teenargers already paid half the fees and said they would have the restl at the time of departure while the mother pleaded with your partner that she would have all the money in the days coming before departure. You plan to make the trip in 3 days due to a storm projected to roll in later that week. Your partner tells you that you need to pick a party so he can tell everyone where the takeoff location will be. Which party do you choose?
[[Mother and child]]
[[Two teenage girls]]You both agree on repairing the motor. Your boat can carry at most 8 passengers and yourself, currently all the seats on your boat are filled and paid for. You plan to make the trip in 3 days due to a storm projected to roll in later that week. Your partner will tell everyone traveling where the secret takeoff location will be on the beach.
[[continue]] You both agree on pocketing the extra money. A good thing too because your partner's friend at the embassy has decided that now is his time to flee the country and offered to strike a deal where he can get you and your partner visas at a discounted price in exchange for a seat on the next boat out. You agree and now have a visa along with your partner. You both decide that now is a good time to cash out and finally move to Spain. Your partner haggles with those who had already bought seats on the trip to make room for himself and his friend from the embassy telling them, “we had a few desperate people pay higher rates on this particular trip, we will be making another trip shortly and you will have priority.” Over the next few days you and your partner sell all your belongings and pay to repair the boat and motor to ensure this trip won’t fail. It now dawns on your partner that you have no reason to wait for the other passengers, and that the three of you can just make the trip yourselves. What do you do?
[[Wait for the other passengers]]
[[Take off early with just the 3 of you]] you decide to hold out for the mother and child. Your partner begins to make the rounds around the city, letting your customers know where to be and when. In the meantime, you begin to prepare for the voyage, checking the equipment. keeping up with the affairs between Morocco and Spain. The day before you plan to make the trip you hear on the radio that due to the recent influx of illegal immigrants to Spain from Morocco, Spanish border control will begin to patrol search boats around its coast. This is a serious problem. What do you do?
[[cancel the trip]]
[[ proceed with the trip as planned ]]you decide to put faith in the teenage girls. Your partner begins to make the rounds around the city, letting your customers know where to be and when. In the meantime, you begin to prepare for the voyage, checking the equipment. keeping up with the affairs between Morocco and Spain. The day before you plan to make the trip you hear on the radio that due to the recent influx of illegal immigrants to Spain from Morocco, Spanish border control will begin to patrol search boats around its coast. This is a serious problem. What do you do?
[[cancel the trip]]
[[proceed with the trip as planned]]The days leading up to the voyage run as usual. You check all the gear to make sure things are working properly, buy fuel for the motor, split your earnings with your partner, all things considered this trip is shaping up to have minimal complications.
[[continue again]]You decide to stay true to your word and wait for the other passengers. After all, they have just as much a reason to get out of Morocco as you and without patrons like them, you may have never gotten your chance to get your papers and make the trip yourself. It is now the morning of the trip. It is 2:00 am, the air is still cold and you inflate the pontoon on the beach. One by one those who paid to make the trip arrive on the beach and are inspected by your partner to make sure they are who they say they are. Eventually your partner's friend arrives as well. By 2:20 everyone packs tightly into the boat and you silently push the boat off into the ocean. The water is calm as you slowly make your way across the strait separating Morocco and Spain. You near the coast of Spain. Usually you would tell everyone to swim from here and then turn back, but seeing that you don’t plan to return you have a choice. Though the water is calm, the swim to shore is always dangerous, at least one of your customers has drowned every time you make it this far. Then again, a boat landing on the shore has a better chance of someone noticing you. What do you do?
[[ abandon ship]]
[[pull into shore]]You decide to make the trip with just the three of you. To ensure no one will show up at the takeoff you decide to leave a day ahead of schedule. All 3 of you meet on the beach around 2:30 am. The water is calm but the wind is a little higher than you’re usually comfortable sailing in. you inflate the boat, pile in and begin to make your way across the straight. You are about a quarter of the way across when you notice that the pontoon is losing air quickly. Your partner's friend is freaking out but he calms him down recalling how you had made trips there and back before where the pontoon had lost over half the air initially put in. Still the rate at which you’re losing air concerns you. What do you do?
[[ turn back]]
[[keep going]]you decide to cancel the trip. You have full intention to re plan this trip once you learn a little more about the patrol boats. In the days leading up to your rescheduled voyage you hear a knock on your door. Before you have time to get up and answer it the door flies open with several men in military uniforms filing in telling you to put your hands up. You're thrown to the ground and handcuffed. Apparently one of your customers had been arrested and flipped to get priority in getting a visa if they told the authorities about the plan to make the trip illegally. You and your partner are now in prison awaiting trial. END.The days leading up to the voyage run as usual. You check all the gear to make sure things are working properly, buy fuel for the motor, split your earnings with your partner, all things considered this trip is shaping up to have minimal complications. It is now the morning of the trip. It is 2:00 am, the air is still cold and you inflate the pontoon on the beach. One by one those who paid to make the trip arrive on the beach and are inspected by your partner to make sure they are who they say they are. The mother and her child arrive and have the money they said they would have. By 2:20 everyone packs tightly into the boat and you silently push the boat off into the ocean. The water is calm as you slowly make your way across the strait separating Morocco and Spain. You’re halfway across when the motor begins to make a sputtering noise. You pull up the motor to see what is going on and when you do so, the propeller flies off and serates the side of the pontoon. The boat quickly begins to deflate. The passengers begin screaming, some dive off the side, some swim to Spain, some swim to Morocco, others too shocked to move. You regain your senses as the cold water envelopes your waist. You try to swim when suddenly the mother grabs onto your arm screaming hysterically. You try to shake her off your arm as your gasping for air. Your head falls under the water and you begin to feel dizzy, not knowing which way is up. After a while you feel the mother’s grip on your arm loosen but you barely notice as your vision is enveloped in white. END.The days leading up to the voyage run as usual. You check all the gear to make sure things are working properly, buy fuel for the motor, split your earnings with your partner, all things considered this trip is shaping up to have minimal complications. It is now the morning of the trip. It is 2:00 am, the air is still cold and you inflate the pontoon on the beach. One by one those who paid to make the trip arrive on the beach and are inspected by your partner to make sure they are who they say they are. In the distance you see flashlights bobbing in the distance further along the shore. By the time you are able to process this you hear a car approaching from the other side of the shore. All of a sudden you hear gunshots from the direction of the flashlights. Everyone begins to run the other direction. You realize the authorities have found out about the trip. You scramble onto the half inflated boat and push off the beach and try to make your way into the strait, but it's no use. Behind you, you hear more gunshots and the thud as one of the bullets hits the boat, quickly deflating it. Your swim back to shore to be greeted by men in military uniform and guns telling you to keep your hands up. Everyone is loaded into the back of a large truck, told they were under arrest and were being brought to prison and will be awaiting trial. ENDIt is now the morning of the voyage. It is still dark as you inflate the boat on the beach waiting for your patrons to arrive. The passengers slowly trickle onto the beach, your partner checking their papers as they congregate around the boat. After you finish setting up, you load passengers in one at a time. After everyone is on the boat, you wave to your partner as he walks back up the beach and you push the boat into the water and hop on. You cross the strait with minimal difficulty, making sure to run the engine so it doesn't make too much noise. As you near the Spanish coast, you don’t see anyone near the beach and decide to pull-in all the way to the shore. As you do the passengers quickly hop off into the shallow water and begin to dash in all directions, some down the beach, others into the nearby bush and others towards the road. You quickly hop out yourself and turn the boat back towards the water and begin to make your way back. As you reach the middle of the strait you hear sirens and people yelling behind you. Someone got caught. Most passengers do, many try and sail over again. They have nothing left to lose. You wonder who you will see again on another trip across the strait as you deflate your boat on the coast of Tangier as the sun begins to rise. END You decide to abandon the boat in the water to minimize being caught. You jump into the water and the rest of the passengers follow. The water is freezing but the cold shocks you awake and you begin to swim towards the shore. All of a sudden the wind picks up and the tide begins to shift. You feel like you’ve been swimming for almost a half an hour and the shoreline seems no closer. You begin to panic, you hear people's voices cry out choking but you can’t tell which direction they’re coming from. You put your head down and you begin to swim with all the energy you have. Just when you feel that you can’t swim any longer, you feel your feet touch sand just a few feet below you. You begin to bob up and down as you try to walk the rest of the way, the riptide is strong often making you stumble. As you finally make it to dry land you look around for your partner, only to see the beach is empty except for one figure dashing towards the houses further down the way. The sun is beginning to rise, you don’t have time to waste. You take one last look towards the sea as you run into the nearby bush. You wonder what to do next as you start your new life in Spain, now missing your partner. END you decide not to risk anything and pull the boat all the way to the shore. As you haul the boat in you realize how strong the riptide is, good thing you took the boat in. The boat hits land and everyone abandons the ship and scatters in all directions. Your partner hops out and looks at you. You embrace him and think, “we did it, we finally made it.” You hear police sirens in the distance and the two of you dash towards the beach houses nearby. You and your partner press yourselves to the shaded wall of one of the houses as the early morning sun begins to show. You hear several police cars fly by the accompanying street. As the sirens get quieter, you both dash across the street, then the next and the next, running through peoples yards and hopping fences. Find yourself in a market, vendors are starting to set up their stands for the day, no one even glances at you or your partner. You’ve done it, you've successfully evaded the Spanish border patrol. You and your partner over the next several days continue to make your way north, towards the farms in the hope to find work, the beginning of your new life. ENDyou decide to turn back, you can make the trip another day and repair the boat. As you turn the boat around, the motor makes a suppering noise and stops. You try to start it again but it won’t budge. You and the others begin to paddle with your hands. As you near the Moroccan coast, you are greeted by a group of military border officers. As you land the boat, you are pulled onto the beach, handcuffed and thrown into the back of a car along with your partner and his friend. You all are placed in a holding cell and await trial for forgery and illegal emmigration. ENDyou decide to keep going, thinking that the boat won’t make it all the way back. Good choice, because as you near about 50 meters from the Spanish coast you hear a pop and the boat deflates and sinks. You begin to swim to shore, eventually making it exhausted, you turn around to see your partner and friend walking up the shoreline. You all meet up and then quickly make your way to the road. Your partner's friend says he knows where the Spanish immigration office is. You follow him through the streets. You soon come upon a large tan building with a tile roof, in front of which you see a line of people. Your partner's friend says these are all immigrants awaiting to get their paperwork filed. You all get in line waiting for the offices to open as the sun begins to rise, waiting to start a new life in Spain. ENDYou are currently talking to your best friend Hassan and telling him about how you do not believe that you can make it here. Hassan tells you that he knows a smuggler and if you are willing to pay, you can cross the strait and enter Spain where finding work is easy, and the higher education is better over there. Hassan also says that if you are willing to go, he will join you because he is unhappy with his life as well.
[[Accept the offer.]]
[[Decline the offer.]]You agree with Hassan that your only option to live a successful life is to leave Morocco with him and now you are left with trying to figure out how to make the money that you need. You can either sell most of what you own like your schoolbooks and clothes, and then ask your mother to pay for the rest. or you can ask your aunt and uncle who live on the other side of Morocco however, your aunt and uncle are known for doing some shady stuff on the down low, thus your mother refuses to let you talk to them.
[[Sell as much as you can and ask your mother to cover the rest.]]
[[Ask your aunt and Uncle for the money.]]You decline your friend’s offer and you decide that even though the odds are against you. You will stay in Morocco and try to find a job and help your mother. A few months pass after graduation, you still don’t have a job and you haven’t seen your friend Hassan since he left. You spend most of your day trying to teach Ali and Beni what you can off your mother salary. You don’t see any change coming soon and you are left wondering what would have happen if you went with Hassan.
[[END]]Thanks for Playing! try out our other stories or try this one again!You end up sellings everything that you can and you fall short by a lot. When you try to ask your mother, she says she can give you some of the tips she gets but that's all she can afford to give you. You are stuck, and you know you can’t make any money when your two siblings come to you. They say that this old man at the park gives them some money each day for some candy, but the twins normally just save the money. They offer you the money, and ask you to promise that you will return one day and that you send money back home to help them go to school.
[[Take the money and promise them]]
[[Decline their offer.]] You go up to your aunt and unlces and tell them your plan and they offer you the money and tell them that you have to pay that back when you come back. You make the deal because you can't think of any other way to make that enough of money.
[[Take the money and promise them]]You decide to head out with the smuggler who offered to take you and your 3 children, leaving your husband behind in hopes that he will find another person willing to take him across the strait. That morning you get ready to leave, you pack your bags, grab your money and ID’s and head to the place the smuggler instructed you to meet him. The water looks a little rough, the waves show signs of whitecapping, but the smuggler says it is normal and ensures you that it will be fine.
About half way through the trip the waves start to rise, water is splashing into the small boat and you start to become worried. You are trying to continuously watch your belongings while keeping an eye on your children sitting beside you. However you notice that your purse just flew out of the boat along with a few other things on the boat. Do you jump in the water to save it and trust the smuggler waits for you or do you risk leaving it in the water and hope for the best at the immingration office.
[[You jump in the water to save your bag]]
[[You leave your bag in the water and hope for the best]] You decide that it's not a good idea to leave without your husband, in case anything happens you want to be with your family. The smuggler says that he will be back in about 2 days and should have room for you then, so you decide to wait it out. A few days pass and you wait to hear from the smuggler, but you can’t seem to get a hold of him. A few days pass and you come into contact with the smuggler. The Spanish authorities have started to crack down on those looking to flee the country, which worries you, yet the smuggler says he is taking one more party out before things get worse. The waters are rough and you see a storm brewing across the water but are worried that if you wait any longer you will never make it to Spain.
You again are put into a tough situation of whether or not to leave Morocco. You feel as if it is your last shot, and this time you are with your whole family. But the waters are rough and you also risk the chance of getting caught. What do you do?
[[Risk it and take the last boat out]]
[[Decide that it’s not worth the risk and stay back]] You decide to quickly jump into the water and try to swim towards your purse, somehow still floating in the rough rising waters. Your bag is about 10 feet away from the boat but is switching directions every second. The smuggler says that he will give you 2 minutes to secure your bag before he leaves without you so you try your best to grab it as quickly as possible.
Minutes later you are back on the boat with your purse and all is well. You approach the shore and jump out of the boar with your children and head up to land. You make it to the shore and turn around to see an older woman struggling in the waves with her granddaughter to make it to the land. You are already worried about getting caught by the authorities if you take any longer but you feel that you could help the woman.
[[Help the woman and child]]
[[Leave without helping and head to the immigration office]] You decide that it is not worth the risk to jump into the rough waters in hopes to retrieve your bag, you have heard many stories of similar situations where the smuggler decides he doesn't care enough to wait for you. The thought of that happening and your children being on the boat alone scares you too much. Next you think of all the possible ways you can make it into Spain but you are worried and confused because you do not have any of your legal documents.
You finally near the shore and jump out of the water while trying to watch your children and swim up to land. You don't see any authorities in sight and you nearly make it to the road when you are stopped by a scary looking man, most likely someone from the guard. He asks where you came from and where you are headed. You want to lie and say you are from here and are heading home, however you are soaking wet and carrying all of your luggage. He proposes a proposition, you can either choose to go home with this man or he threatens to turn you in.
[[Go home with the guard]]
[[Get turned into the authorities for illegal immigration]]Out of good conscience, you decide to help the woman and child. You rush out into the water and try to grab the child, but as soon as you near the shore you see someone from the spanish authorities head towards you. You, the grandmother, and the children have been caught.You are taken to jail by the authorities and spend the next 4 months there.
[[END]] You decide to leave the woman and head right to the office to limit your chances of being caught. You arrive at the office and proceed to stand in the line outside of the building. You look up into the sky and see the storm starting to clear and the sun peaking through the clouds. Today is going to be a good day; a new start. You cannot wait to start your next adventure in Spain with your children. Now, your only worry is about your husband making it to Spain to spend the rest of your lives as a family, only happier.
[[ENDING]]ENDYou decide that the only way you will ever make it into Spain is to leave with the guard. You have heard stories of women being picked up by the guards but you never really thought it would happen to someone like you, especially someone with their kids along with them. However, you really have no choice.
You arrive at the man's house and you try and get your children situated. The man does his own thing for an hour or two and it’s almost time for bed so you put your children to bed on the couch and try and contemplate what is going to happen to you. Then a man comes out of his room and tells you to join him. He rapes you that night, and every night for the next two weeks. You still feel confident that it was the best option in order to keep your children safe. After 2 weeks he lets you go and you are free, but still illegal citizens of Spain now. Your husband works in Morocco to try and retrieve legal new documents for the family. During that time you find a small apartment to rent and live there for the time to come, you are even able to find an under the table job as a maid for a family down the road.
[[ENDING]]You decide that you would rather be turned in than risk the chance of being abused by that man, so he takes you to the Spanish authorities. Since you have no legal documents on you are thrown into jail for the next 4 months.
[[ENDING]] You decide to risk it and take out the last boat in hopes of making it to Spain. However, with the smuggling business being so popular within the last few weeks, authorities have been sweeping the coast for boats heading out. Right before departure you are caught for trying to illegally leave the country.
SORRY WRONG CHOICE. You end up arrested and spend the next 4 months in jail for illegally exiting the country.
[[ENDING]]You decide that it is not worth the risk to leave today, so you go home and think things through. Will there be more boats heading out? Is it worth the risk of getting caught? Here in Morocco you are jobless and having your husband be the only person providing for the family you aren’t sure that you will get through this. A few weeks pass and you find yourself struggling to pay the bills and you come across a job offer. It’s a maid job on the other side of the city. It pays really well, but the hours would greatly limit the time you are able to spend with your children, only about an hour a day. Do you take the job or decide that it is not worth it to leave your family.
[[You take the job]]
[[Do not take the job]]You decide that it is in your best interest to take the job to try and provide for your family at home. You work long hard hours and only get to see your children for an hour or two a day if you’re lucky. You work for a few months and finally feel that you are well off enough to head back to your family and leave your maid job behind. The security at the border has started to slow down as the number of boats leaving has greatly declined. Your family still wants to make it to Spain so you spend the next few weeks trying to find a smuggler to take you across.
[[ENDING]]You do not take the job. Your children are still so young and need a mother in their life. You struggle to get by and hardly make it some months with the bills. You are not making enough money to be able to cross the strait. Smugglers have been charging hefty fees with the security being so high.
Weeks have passed and you realize that you are never going to make it to Spain, so you stay in Morocco, jobless and struggling to get by. You again start your search for a new job, hopefully one that has more realistic hours.
[[ENDING]]You end up with enough money to afford the cost of the trip. You meet up with Hassan and you guys both meet up with the smuggler. The smuggler takes your money and says that they'll be making the trip tonight. You and Hassan aren't really bringing anything, Hassan says that he has family on the other side of spain and that if you stay with him, he can get you a job.
It is now night time and its time to get on the boat and travel. The boat is fulled with the smuggler, Hassan, two middle aged girls, and an old man. The trip starts off good and the sea is behaving. When you start to get close to the shore, the smuggler says get out and swim the rest of the way. The Coast guards will start notice them soon.
Everyone is forced off the boat, the old man is struggling to a float, and the two middle aged girls head off to the left, and Hassan heads off to your right.
[[Help the old man.]]
[[Follow Hassan]]You decline the twins' offer, and you end not being able to afford the cost of the trip. Hassan lives without out and you can't do anything about it. At least with the money you made from selling your stuff, you can send the twins to school for a year. Life is as hard as ever and you don't see it getting any better any time soon.
[[END]]You decide to help the old man, and while you try to save him from he ends up bring you down with him. You weren't the best swimmer and you end up almost drowning until you see a bright line. You pass out and then when you awake you were in jail and was going to be shipped off back to Morocco.
[[END]]You follow Hassan and you end up making it the shore and getting away. You meet Hassan's family and they set you up with a job on a farm. You make enough money and send them to the back to your family.
A few months go by and you get a letter in the mail, Its a picture of your twin siblings in their school uniform and each of them wrote about their first day of school. You are happy and everything is looking good for the future.