I never felt so exhausted. My body is a dead weight, my limbs dangling below me.
The sun bears down on my back, and I can feel my skin starting to burn. I can't see up ahead far, but I can hear the waves lapping on a beach ahead.
The waves gently nudge me, closer and closer to the shore. I feel my feet brushing against the seaweed. I use what precious little energy I have to lift my heavy head, taking in a breath of the salty sea air.
My whole body is now brushing against the grit of the sand. The feeling is so gentle, so peaceful, until:
I feel myself crash into the shore. Wave after wave pours itself onto me, as if it is impatient for me to leave. Slowly, sluggishly, I pull my arms in front of me. I put everything I have into the final struggle to pull myself fully out of the water.
The waves are behind me now, I let myself go. The task is done, I am now on shore. And for now, at least, that is all that can be done.
A.N. While this is part of the "Destiny's Deviation" Trilogy, "Outset Island," is also a stand alone fanfiction.