CONTINUATION (Read “Shred of Light” first.)
Phillip saw the despair in my eyes and reached to my face, in a gesture of tenderness. “Sophie, I will not let you drown here. Be sure of that.”
I needed that. “Come,” he commanded and pierced with his body somewhere to the other side. I took a deep breath and said a short prayer. I followed him. Starfish and shells were attached to the blocks all the way. I fought to keep my mind calm and let myself watch the beauty under the waves. It didn’t take long until I started to swim up, to the sunlight. I could see Phillip’s legs moving under the water in front of me. Then they stopped.
I fret. The oxygen in my lungs was gone. Would now be the moment when my brain would blackout and I ‘d faint? There were a few seconds when my whole body moved chaotically to get out of there. I screamed from inside, but nobody could hear me. I struggled to move myself up pushing into the rocks on the side, when two arms reached to me.
“Adam,” I called without a sound.
“Sophie,” I heard like from a mile away, and I closed my eyes.
Shaking, I took my first breath of fresh air.
“Adam, ” I called again.
“It’s Phillip,” I heard and clang to him with both hands.
“Easy, easy,” and he helped me lean my body weight on one of the rocks. “Are you O.K.?”
I nodded my head, busy to take in more air. It was so good to hear his voice again. The imminence of unexpected death was terrifying.
I looked around. We were at the end of one of those rock constrictions built to break the waves. I couldn’t see where we were exactly, but somehow I knew we were still in Newport Beach.
-To be continued –