Across the Sea of Light

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After eleven years of isolation from the outside world, a young boy finally gets to explore the world outside his window on his twelfth birthday.

Submitted: August 01, 2016

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Chapter 1: Tick-TIck-Tick

Tick, tick, tick, it’s 11:45. Even though it was late I was still awake, sitting on my bed and hugging my blanket close to my bosom. The smell of cake filled the air and the moon illuminated the room in a cool blue light. Ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum, my heart is racing but not because of the presents or the party. Tick, tick, tick, it’s 11:50. For 11 years I’ve been trapped inside of the house, unable to see the outside world, but soon I’ll be twelve. Tick, tick, tick, it’s 11:55. As I anxiously watch the time go by thoughts of doubt begin to creep into my brain. What if she doesn’t come? What if we get caught? Ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum, my heartbeat quickens as fear begins to encroach my mind. Ding, ding, ding, it’s midnight. I stare at the window and into the glowing moon. My eyes were almost blinded by it’s magnificent light. As my eyes adjusted to the brightness I begin to spot a figure looking through the window. It was her. She was about the same age as me and had dark skin and pitch black hair. I stared blankly for a few seconds and realized she was gesturing at the window lock. I got up, blanket still in hand, and pried open the lock. The window opened with a quiet whoosh and she reached out her hand. She lifted me from up from my prison and into the night air. Stumbling, I climbed out onto the roof of my house and gazed into the city. It illuminated the night with its light, as if it were trying to imitate the night sky and the stars that riddle the heavens. I’ve never seen such a thing in my entire life, a sea of light. A cold hand seized my arm and broke me from my trance.

“Come on Henry! Don’t waste the night staring into space!” she said with a playful tone as she began to drag me.

We ran across the rooftop and descended to ground level. I gazed into the horizon and admired the scale of the city, so much space and so little time. Sarah was running down the road yelling for me to follow her. A smile formed on my face and a warm feeling overtook my body. With no more doubts and no more fears, we ran into the night.

 

Chapter 2: Swimming in the Sea

For years I was taught that the night was dark. It was when the beauty of day was gone and only the cold blackness of night remained. That was a lie, the city in front of me was brighter than the sun itself. It illuminated everything I saw, nothing can escape its light. I sat there, admiring the buildings and their colossal height, they stood there like titans looking down at the mortals below, until bus rolled it’s way in front of my field of view and Sarah tapped my shoulder.

“Come on, that’s our ride!” she exclaimed. “Alright, I’m coming. Jeez,” I sighed back.

We rode for a while, maybe for half an hour, until we arrived at a gigantic structure. Balloons bigger than any balloon I’ve seen floated in the sky and as we exited the bus I dropped my jaw at the sheer scale of the building. Machines pushed and pulled at the balloons with extreme precision with every action. Steam filled the air and the smell of oil filled my nose. Sarah ran in front of me and sprinted up the stairs.

“Where are we going?” I asked. “It’s a surprise. Come on, just follow me.” She responded.

We ran into the crowd, I’ve never seen so many people in my life. Not even at my father’s biggest parties. We pushed our way through, my vision obscured by the mass of individuals blocking my path. I lost Sarah and I started panicking. ‘Where is she? What am I supposed to do without her?’ My fear turned into instinct. I kept pushing through the crowd, looking for any sign of her. I was beginning to lose hope and started to regret leaving the comfort of my own house, then suddenly a hand grabbed my arm and pulled me from the sea of people and into open air.

“Scared ya didn't I,” She said with a wide toothed grin.

Tears dripped down my face and I croaked “Never do that again. That wasn't funny!” She laughed so hard that she was gasping for air. “Come on, we don't have much time!” she tugged at my arm and dragged me to a small compound that looked more run down than the other places. We came to a door with the words “Loading Bay” barely visible on it. We both pulled on the handle and the heavy hunk of metal screeched along the concrete floor. We made a gap big enough to barely fit our bodies through. We snuck into the compound, hiding behind boxes and slipping past guards until we reached a large crate.

Sarah looked at me and whispered “Get in the crate,” I looked at her with a confused look and asked “What?” She gestured towards the crate and demanded “Get in!”

I looked at the crate and looked back and sighed. I hoisted myself up and plopped myself down into the dusty crate and Sarah followed me.

“So why are we in this crate when we can be playing in the city?” I questioned. “I'm going to show you much more than you could've seen on foot,” she responded and we waited. A few minutes later I felt the ground shake and the crate was lifted off the ground and the purr of a machine rumbled the inside of the crate. The crate vibrated for a few minutes until we fell with a thud onto the hard floor. I heard a loud slam if a large metal slab just hit the floor and loud engines screamed to life around us.

I was terrified, but Sarah still had her wide toothed grin. The loud noises ceased after a few minutes and when it did Sarah pried open the crate. It was pitch black, I couldn't even see my hand in front of my face “Alright the cost is clear, come on!” she look out a lighter and it illuminated the room with a dim glow. “Just follow my lead,” she instructed.


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