Chelsi wiggled her heels, burying her feet in the soft white sand. She had her eyes closed to keep the out the glare from the sun, but it was so strong she could nearly see through her lids out over the Indian Ocean. With one foot in front of the next, she walked towards the glittering, turquoise colored water.
She followed the sound of crashing waves and the sand began to feel firmer under her feet; the high tide mark. The tide was going out now, leaving vast stretches of the shallow grass beds exposed.
When smooth shells, brought to shore by tide began to message the bottoms of her feet she was tempted to open her eyes, but squeezed them ever more tightly shut. She wanted to be surprised by the touch of the ocean. Taking another two steps she waited, maybe I’ll feel the next wave.
But not even a tickle of foam touched her toes. She ventured another step. Nothing.
Setting down her foot for the next step, something quickly jumped up and gave the sole of her foot a warm wet lick. She stumbled and fell backwards onto the sand, laughing. Opening her eyes, she saw the next wave crawled up again to delight her toes.
Pushing herself back up on to her feet she waded into the ocean. Just in front of her, she could see thickets of sea grass fluttering, beckoning her with the tide. She answered them, wading closer to them until the warm, salty, silken water was up to her calves. All around her the emerald colored grass swayed with the water. She leaned closer for an even better look into the crystal clear water.
At first, she didn’t notice anything unique or unusual, just a bed of grass. But her eye began to adjust as she continued through the forest and suddenly all kinds of creature jumped out at her. Spines from blue and purpled colored urines poked out through the grass; careful of those, she thought to herself. Neon red and white shrimp flitted their claws across the blades of grass, scraping algae towards their mouther. The small fry of fishes, darted around her feet to hide in the grass. A large yellow, bumpy sea slug moseyed slowly across a rock. Chelsi was so bemused by its soft, colorful appearance that she reached through the water and stroked its back. Its spineless, spongy body coiled up like a slinky to her touch.
Even as she waded farther and farther would the water never got any deep, the grass beds went on forever. A warm crystal clear ocean, a beach of soft, white sand, grass beds full of colorful, squishy mollusks and endless tropical fruit, Chelsi thought to herself, and unable to think of a reason for why she should ever leave.
Daisy, she reminded herself of her furry baby back in Solwezi. She would love it here to though, and she looked back towards the beach, imaging her playful pup splashing in the surf. “Someday, maybe someday.”