The main character in my short story is Calypso, an artist from Texas, who has lived in California for nineteen years. The story is told from her viewpoint, and in present tense. The following lines are Calypso’s thoughts as she walks along a beach.
(The ocean fascinates me. Growing up in Texas, I seldom ventured to the coast. The first time I came to California, I fell in love with the blue, lapping waves. I love to smell the wet sand and to search for unusual shells. Sea gulls and sandpipers are so much fun to watch. Moving about on wiry legs, the sandpipers peck and probe into the sand with their short bills. When they take flight, they sound a piping-like cry of ‘twee-wee-wee.’ The gulls glide majestically above the water. Marine life is interesting, too. And snorkeling is still an adventure for me. Critters of all kinds swim in close to the shore.)
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