A Free and Endless Blue

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A boy, the sea, and dear Anna. He has been part of the blue for too long. Will he choose his beloved Anna or his home?

Submitted: March 31, 2010

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I had never given much thought to humans after I forgot. They were simply there, like the small swimming creatures that floated by, or the rush of the currents. I didn't care for them; they harmed whatever they touched, no matter how "careful" they were. But, Anna, she was...different. She was loud, rather rude, and silly. Yet there was something about her that drew me in. It was irrestible, and dangerous. Like looking into the cool ocean on a hot day, and seeing the jellyfish just underneath. I knew it was incredibly stupid of me to take physical form. That part of my life was over. But...I needed to touch her...to feel...to breathe...to laugh. I had been part of the ocean for so long that I had truly forgotten what I was before. And so, I did don my humanity once again. But, the world I associated with Anna had changed and I was unprepared...
 
 "Who the fuck are you?!” she shouted, her voice rising and falling like the tides. I didn't answer, but merely stared. I knew I must seem odd to her, being dripping wet, naked, and silent, but I did not care. It was not like I was going to stay long anyway.
 She began to look around as if for help. In a moment, I was upon her, my hand over her small, soft mouth.
 "Shhhhh...” I said gently. I could feel her tremble against me, and I shuddered with disgust at myself and let her go. She didn't run, just glared with a unknowing hatred.
 "What the fuck is the matter with you? You messed up in the head or somethin'?!” she nearly screamed at me. I shuffled my feet like a caught child, and looked up at her. She gasped and put her hands up to her face, clutching at her cheeks. And very suddenly, my dear, beautiful Anna remembered.
 
 We were running. Running down the pier, laughing, being children. We jumped in the cool water and played until the sun was long gone. Our parents never called us home. They knew we were safe. Years later, we waded in the same water, and hugged and kissed and touched. And I remember the ocean was so blue that day, so wildly blue. A storm grew in the air, yet we were unafraid. The water had never held any danger for us, why should it now? We were terribly wrong. The sun was blotted out and the world turned black. Wind battered us, yet the water was calm. Something had shifted something in the balance of the world. And when it was finally over, I simply wasn't there.
 
 I learned later that that she had made it out of the water before the lightning hit, and I didn't. They never found my body because there was no body to be found. I existed, yet I did not. I was alive, yet I was dead. My soul was there in the water, apart of it. I felt the brush of whales' tails, and the splashes of dolphins. I saw the jaw-snaps of fierce sharks, and the birth of millions. I had become one with something ancient and primal, and soon I had forgotten my name and Anna in the beauty and horror of the ever-shifting sea. I stayed this way, content for years, until I grew restless, and longed for pleasure and sensation again. It was as easy as breathing, and as painful as death. But my human form came back to me as if I had never left it. I walked among them for a time then returned to my beloved ocean. However, I had begun to remember. Remember my mother's love, and the feel of soft, hidden kisses. I made my way back to that pier, where it all began.
 
 I sat in Anna's kitchen, covered with a blanket and nursing a cup of coffee. I knew my eyes had frightened her, and dared not lift them up for fear she would cast me out for what I had become.
 "How? They never found your body...t-there...everything happened so fast and you were gone!” she shrieked, tears running down her face. My grip tightened on the handle of the coffee mug and I somehow managed to focus on what she was saying.
 "I was gone, Anna. Not real. Not here. Until recently. I knew nothing for those many years. Nothing but the vastness of the water."
 She looked at me with a terribly skeptical expression and slapped me, hard. I grabbed her wrist and glared, staring her full in the face. I knew what she saw. Endless color, endless shades. Sun bouncing off water, the deep despair of the abyss where humans dare not go, the beauty of rain, and wind, and sand. She saw pain and tears. And life and death. And I saw Anna was afraid, after all these years. I stood up and handed her the blanket and coffee mug. Brushing her hair away from her face, I gave her one last kiss, and made peace at last.
 
 I let my fingertips drift over the water, and smiled at the rising sun. I knew what else she saw in my eyes. Blue. A free and endless blue.
 
 
 


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