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by Bryan K. Johnson
The cool salt spray tickles my nose as it lands. Each wave hits the bow with greater force, cascading over the metal deck and spilling down the grated walkway. The roar presses in, then retreats . . . teasing me with its gentle conversation.
I look up towards the sharp cry of gulls echoing above. The white birds twist and writhe through the sky, billowing with each blast of wind. I realize at that moment how much I love coming here. I have for as long as I can even remember.
Rippled blue peaks stretch out into the horizon. I wait, hearing the other people on the deck gasp before I see it. A massive body arches up beside us. Curves trace down the beast's long back, speckled with black and gray. The whale blasts water high up into the air, its objection to our stares masking the clouds. It glides beneath the water again, curling and moving directly under the boat. The ship rises quickly, its passengers swaying from the giant body teasing them below.
As the blue whale swims back out to sea, my breath catches. The sun is setting now, kissing the waves with brilliant oranges and reds . . .
I think back many times to my summers along the Oregon coast, finding adventure on family outings or just sitting on the sand at night, listening to the ocean's power in the black. New inspiration always seemed to ebb and flow with those waves. Even now, years later, with children of my own splashing in that same water, the ocean always feels like home to me. It is a friend and muse I've neglected for far too long.
I always bring a notebook or iPad with me to the beach now, trying to capture those inspirational moments before the tide pulls them back. They can be fleeting, just like the smell of the ocean itself as it dances by on the breeze.
I sketched out several chapters of my novel,Yield, there . . . the hopeful ones, full of possibility and new beginnings. Even in the darkest of times, there will always be that hope. It can only leave us if we let it.
Find yours. And never let the waves take it away.
Ex-fire chief Devin Bane rises above the thick clouds for an interview in Seattle and the promise of a better life. Packing up his carry-on items for their descent into the city, Devin is blinded by a distant flash, followed by the screams and chaos of a crash landing.
Outside the plane's wreckage, a new nightmare surrounds him. Seattle's iconic skyline is gone.
Searching for answers as he flees through the ruins, Devin and a handful of survivors are surrounded by the most primitive side of human nature. Plunged into the darkness of a broken society, their tattered souls are each tested by the horrors they face. Even if Devin can escape the city, a far worse danger now blocks his path back home . . .
Back to his family and the dawning of a changed world.
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