Sea Dream
Alison, Age 11, Madras, OR

I looked back and there it was. The ice cream stand was finally open and not crowded. They had all of the best tasting ice cream you could ever imagine. Usually the ice cream stand was crowded, but now no one was there except me. Right when I finished my ice cream, I saw my new friend Sidney ahead. She was sitting on the dock staring into the sea with her feet dangling into the water.

I went up to her and asked, “What are you doing today?”

“Not much. Just staring at the sea waiting for something to happen.” Sidney replied.

Sidney is always staring into the sea. She says that an adventure is ahead of us. I’d like to believe her, but I just don’t know.

We took a walk in the sand. After our walk, we went to the pier and had lunch at the shack. Then we walked back to where we met. I read a book while Sidney stared at the sea doing her own thing as usual.

As I turned my page, three bright colors (orange, green and yellow) shaped like fish floated in the air right in front of me. As they past me, they floated towards the sea and dove in.

“Did you see that? Did you see that, Sameira?” Sidney excitedly asked me.

“Yes. I saw that. What were those bright colors? Were they fish?” I replied.

“I think so.” Sidney said back.

“If it was fish, it’s almost impossible to happen.”

We quickly threw our clothes off (we had swim suits on) and ran into the sea. We swam as fast as we could to keep up with the three bright colored fish, but the fish were just too fast. When we got to the point where we couldn’t see the fish anymore, we swam up to catch a breath and see where we were. I turned around to see how far the beach was, but I couldn’t see it.

“Where are we?” Asked Sidney.

“Technically speaking, we’re in the middle of nowhere.” I replied.

I faced the direction we were swimming in.

“Do you see that?” I asked.

“Yeah. Let’s swim to it.” Sidney said back.

So we did, and it looked as if it were to be an island. We swam until we could touch the bottom. The island was amazing! We had explored it for almost an hour.

“Look Sameira.” Said Sidney pointing to a small hut.We looked inside the hut and found two beds that were made of Palm tree leaves. I later climbed the coconut tree behind the hut to try to see how far we were from home. I looked and looked and finally found home with my binoculars.

A few hours past and the sun was setting on the west side. I couldn’t wait until the sun set because I couldn’t figure out which way north was. When I climbed down the coconut tree, I saw Sidney staring once more into the sea.

“What are you doing?” I asked her.

“I’m just pretending that I live in the sea and all of my good friends are fish.” She replied.

After we ate the rest of the fruits and the vegetables that we found in the hut, we went to bed to get a good night's sleep.

A little before the sun rose, I found Sidney up making breakfast.

“Oh, good morning Sameira. I picked some fruit for breakfast.” Sidney said.

“That sounds good.” I said back. “So what are we going to do today?”

“I was thinking about swimming by the little waterfall after breakfast. Are you up for a swim?” Sidney said quickly.

After breakfast, we walked to the little waterfall. Once Sidney dove into the water and came back up, her skin color was a light purple. I didn’t say anything.

“Aren’t you going to swim?” Asked Sidney.

“Yeah…Sure.” I replied.

Right when I jumped in, I saw two bright colors. I saw them for a few seconds, and then they disappeared. I tried to secretly swim towards the colors, but I couldn’t tell which way they were going.

Once Sidney and I were done swimming, I looked at Sidney and she had a lavender skin color. I wondered if I was seeing a mirage. I sure hope so.

Hours passed and we were back on the rock eating our lunch. I was trying to focus on my lunch, but I couldn’t stop staring at Sidney.

“Lunch is really good!” I said to Sidney.

“Thanks. This time I got our food supplies from the vegetable garden.” Sidney replied.

We later relaxed on the rock until we fell asleep in the hot sun that was just setting. Morning came very fast. I turned over so that I was on my side and found Sidney drooling in her sleep. I snapped my fingers and she woke up.

After breakfast, I went up the coconut tree once more to see if I could see home, but this time I couldn’t. I kept trying and finally, when I got my binoculars out, I saw one bright color. This time I was anxious, so I called Sidney’s name and told her to follow me.

As we got closer in the water to the fish, I grabbed onto its tail. Sidney then grabbed onto me. This time, I got the chance to examine the fish. It was three times the size of all the other fish!

Amazingly as we were following the fish, we were able to breathe under water!

Both Sidney and I were amazed with how many fish we saw. There were not only fish, but there were also dolphins, whales, octopuses, tortoises, and a very friendly mermaid. The mermaid’s name was Tasha. Tasha introduced everybody then showed us into the starfish cave.

Sidney soon dropped behind me. I looked back and all that I saw was a light purple fish. Next to it was Sidney. ”Sameira, this is my friend Keisha.” Sidney said.
Right then and there Sidney changed into a pink fish.

No… It couldn’t have happened. She couldn’t possibly be a fish! I thought amazed. It's no wonder she always stared into the sea and excitedly wanted to follow the fish back to where she belongs.

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