"Does everyone have a partner?" The teacher was walking round the deck.
I groaned. Of course I didn't. I watched her come slowly up the deck towards me.
"Shane, no partner?"
"Obviously." I muttered.
"Well, looks like you're going to spend the rest of the trip trying to find a partner or a three. How about trying to be nice. That might work."
"No I mean it. Get up, and find someone to group up with, or you'll be spending time with me for the whole of the trip."
I groaned again and got up, being careful to not sink through the bottom of the boat. I cast my eyes about looking for someone on their own. Maybe someone would offer to be my partner if they realised they hadn't got one. Maybe...