sand hermit

Summertime Adventures

•Maurice suggests they all go to the beach one day
•Piggy and Simon pack the car, Ralph drives, Jack and Maurice fight over who controls the music, and Roger puts his headphones on and zones out in the back seat
•Upon arriving, Jack picks the spot where they set up their things (after *slight* disagreement with Piggy)
•Jack, Ralph, and Maurice BOOK IT for the water
•It’s really cold though, and Jack shrieks as a wave hits him. He turns and runs back to the spot they’ve set up
•Ralph goes into the ocean and just disappears. He LOVES swimming (secretly he’s always wished he could live in the sea)
•Maurice has a boogie board and attempts to “surf” the waves. He gets so caught up in this that he doesn’t notice the waves have pushed him halfway down the beach, and now he has no idea where his friends are
•Simon likes to collect things. Sea glass, sand dollars, hermit crabs, you name it. He likes exploring the rocks and tide pools to find whatever he can find
•Piggy builds sand castles. He wants to see how intricate he can design them without them falling over. He ends up creating an entire sand kingdom
•Roger pulls out a book and chills under an umbrella. This poor child is so pale he’ll burn under a light bulb; he refuses to leave the shade
•Simon comes over every now and then to show Roger what he’s found. Roger would never admit this, but he actually really likes seeing Simon’s little treasures, and loves seeing Simon so excited about them
•Jack hovers at the edge of the water, trying to work up the nerve to go in again
•Ralph suddenly comes up from underwater, charges Jack, and splashes him
•Jack is FURIOUS, and chases Ralph farther into the water and tackles him
•Jack and Ralph’s game of “cat and mouse” and chasing each other around ends up with them finding a sandbar
•They take a break and sit down, just watching the beach and laughing
•They end up talking about school, their friends, their futures; it turns into a nice conversation about life
•Before they know it a lot of time has passed and most of the sandbar has disappeared. It continues to shrink rapidly
•And there’s an immense amount of water between them and the beach now due to the high tide
•Jack wants to try and swim back, but Ralph is hesitant of the currents (which are much stronger now). Jack argues that if they don’t go now, the amount of water will only grow and the sandbar will be gone anyway
•Simon, Roger, and Piggy spot their friends trapped on the sandbar, and Simon is about to see if he can swim out to them himself when Roger pulls him back
•And then out of the blue, Maurice returns; paddling over to the sandbar on the boogie board
•He gets to Jack and Ralph, letting the two of them sit on the board while he swims/pushes from behind
•There really isn’t a lot of room on the boogie board though, so Ralph ends up sitting in Jack’s lap
•When they get back, Piggy scolds them for not being more aware of the tide
•Jack retaliates by stepping on one of the castles from Piggy’s sand kingdom
•Arguing ensues, and Simon starts to cry because he doesn’t like to see his friends argue
•Ralph breaks up the argument, and Maurice tells Simon jokes to make him feel better (Simon really likes puns)
•Deciding it’s time to go home, they turn to see all their stuff is gone
•Little do they know that in the commotion of the argument, Roger just packed up all their things and started his way back to the car
•Roger drives everyone home, and assumes full control of the music too