Turning the Tide
Something magical happened.
Goosebumps flooded my entire
body, I heard bells, colours were
exploding into vibrancy: suddenly
the prospect of the water was a
terrifying and drastic inconvenience
that I had happily avoided. I stood
and thanked the woman. I didn’t
want to look at her. I didn’t want
to remember her, in case I fell in
love, because then I’d end up back
on the beach someday.