I walked out onto the beach barefoot. The sun had just set and I could feel my body tingling. The sand felt soft on my feet and I felt like I could stay here forever. The white dress I wore flapped around me gently as the breeze whistled across the sand. My dark brown hair hung loose, freely whipping through the air. I kept walking along the shore until I came to a small sand dollar sticking halfway out of the sand. As I bent down to get it I heard someone call my name. Surprised, I turned around and saw Hayden. He was walking towards me with a big smile on his face. He was barefoot and wore fitted jeans and a white button shirt that was open exposing his chest. My eyes wandered away from his eyes and felt a blush creeping up. Once he reached me he placed a hand gently on my cheek.
"I've been waiting for you," Hayden said taking his hand from my face and grabbing my hand.
"I didn't know. I'm sorry to have kept you waiting," I replied staring into his eyes. The dark brown stood out against the bright blue sky. Hayden smiled and turned to face the ocean. He tugged gently on my arm and I followed instantly. We walked until the water rushed over our feet. I jumped back playfully.
"Ready?" Hayden asked pointing towards the water. I stared at him a moment before shaking my head in disagreement.
"No... I'm not ready to be in the water," I said pointing to my white dress. Hayden laughed and walked towards me.
"You needn't worry," he said coming close enough to me that I could feel the warmth his body was giving. I nervously took a step back and ran a hand through my hair. Hayden reached out for my hand and pulled me close to him. Our bodies met and I instantly felt a shock surge through me. I placed my unoccupied hand on his hip and leaned in, resting my head on his chest. "It's almost time, Kailani," Hayden whispered. I looked up at him in surprise. Did he really mix my name up with another girl's at a time like this?
"What?" I asked stepping out of his embrace.
"Do not think I have not forgotten who you are, Emma. Though, Emma is the name your land comrades have come to call you. Myself, and the others waiting for your return have called you and will always call you, Kailani. It is who you are. It will not make sense to you right now, but you must trust me." Hayden held his hand out for me to take it. I took another step back.
"Is this some trick to get me into the water while wearing white?" I asked. The filter from my brain to my mouth is nonexistent when I am nervous or scared. Hayden chuckled and kept his hand out to me. I slowly walked towards him and grasped firmly onto his hand. I gave a weak smile and Hayden turned around to face the ocean once more. I followed slowly as we got closer to the water. Again, the water swirled around my feet, but this time I did not move. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Hayden started to walk farther in. I moved close behind. Suddenly Hayden jumped into the waves pulling me in after. I let out a loud scream.
*BEEP *BEEP *BEEP *BEEP
I reached over and slammed my hand down on the alarm clock next to my bed. Slowly I opened my eyes one at a time. I could feel my heart racing in my chest. It was a dream. I sat up quickly and looked around. Sure enough, I was still in my pajamas in my room. Disappointment flooded through me as I tossed the covers off and stepped into my slippers. Groggily, I opened the door and walked out to the kitchen. My nose was immediately greeted by the aroma of bacon sizzling on the stove. I smiled and sat down on a chair by the kitchen island.
"Morning sleepy head!" Vanessa said cheerfully. I smiled at her and turned to look through the glass door leading to the balcony. I stared at the water rushing the shore and was reminded of my dream. It had felt so real... "Do you want milk or not, Em? It's not that hard of a question!"
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Emma and her younger sister are spending some time in Ocean Shores. Emma's main goal is to escape from her heart ache back home and work full force on her book about the North coast ocean life. Things start to develop the moment she makes the decisi...