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Writing Prompt // Feb. 5, 2018
It’s late at night. Maybe midnight but possibly much later. There’s no one on the beach, not even the smattering of couples who usually make out under blankets and beneath hastily made towel forts. You feel the sand between your toes, colder than usual, and stare at the horizon. On the edge of the world, just where Catalina Island should be, you see a light, bright and glaring. The light is getting larger, the floating object getting sharper as it approaches the shore. You’re not sure if you should be scared or elated and then, with a sigh into unseen shadows, you know exactly what’s coming your way.