Annli silently followed Castor.
Shhhhshaaa shhhhhshaa shhhhshaaa
The rhymic sound of splashing Anneli had heard since he arrived in the walled city was getting louder and louder. The sound of gulls was becoming more audible and the air saltier.
“This is probably the port,” said Castor pointing to the distance. Anneli looked and saw a gigantic lake covered by all manner of strange vessels.”
“What are those?” asked Anneli.
“Those are ships and boats,”
“Are we going on one of them to cross the sea,”
“Hopefully,” replied Castor with a pang of disapointment in his voice.
Shhhhshaaa shhhhshaaa shhhshaaa shhhhshaaa
The sound grew louded. Anneli and Castor walked along the docks passing all manner of strange boats in various shapes and sizes. They came to the edge of the docks and Castor helped Anneli down the ladder to the beach. As his feet touched the ground he felt the strangest sensation of grainy bits of rock engulfing his feet. He lifted his leg but the sand stuck to the sole of his feet stubbornly.
“It is sticky and grainy,” complained Anneli. Castor burst out laughing.
“That… that is just how sand is.”
“Like the sand in the desert?” asked Anneli placing his foot back down.
“Not exactly. The sand in the desert is dry so it won’t stick to you as much but it still gets everywhere. But the sand here is rather large and corse compared to sand back home. Even on the beaches the sand is softer and finer and a brighter yellow compared to here. Ah! Let’s go to the sea!”
The sea was vast, far beyond anything Anneli could fathom. It was a hundred thousand times larger than he had thought and it spread to the horizon and wrapped around the coast. The water curled into large waves and turned white as it hit the rocks or the beach. To Anneli it looked like the snapping foaming maws of a gigantic beast. Castor had already taken off his shoes and rolled up the bottom of his trousers.
“Come one Anneli let’s go in.”
Anneli shook his head.
“Why? Are you scared?”
Anneli again shook his head. He looked at the sea, into its vast infinite unknown and felt a sense of mounting doom he could not quite comprehend.
“Come on Anneli,” said Castor extending his hand to Anneli, ” it is a lot more fun than it looks.”
Anneli placed the plant on the beach and cautiously took Castor’s hand, letting him take him to the water.
“Ahhh! It’s cold isn’t it!” exclaimed Castor as he stepped into the water. The shallow waves gently lapped their feet.
“It is alright isn’t it?” asked Castor.
“Yeah, it is alight.”
“Good let’s go deeper!” said Castor with a large smile taking a step deeper into the sea, pulling Anneli along with him. The water was now half-way up Anneli’s calf and the bottom of his cape was soaking wet. Anneli looked at Castor who was smiling brightly and almost beaming with joy. Anneli had never seen Castor as happy as he looked at this moment. Anneli turned to the horrizon and inhaled the salty sea spray. He himself did not know why but a certain part of him felt more alive than ever standing in the sea looking towards the great beyond. He let himself be lost in the hypnotic rhythm of the waves.
Shhhhshaaa shhhhshaaa shhhhshaaa shhhhshaaa