It was strange the way things happened. The four of them were childhood friends. They had grown up in the same neighborhoods going to the same elementary school, middle school, and high school. They parted ways during college though, but their lives continued to intertwine during occasional gatherings at one another’s houses and neighborhood parks. Otherwise, their lives consisted of going to school, working their part-time jobs, and spending time at home. It was what they had always known.
When they finally finished college and had full-time jobs, they opted to do something they had never done before–see the ocean. Thus, the foursome went on a journey to the shore and found themselves in a strange land.
Instead of concrete shattered and scattered across the sidewalks, there were boardwalk creaks and tan rock particles that seemed to become dust in the wind. Instead of rats with wings, there were more graceful-looking birds that were brave enough to attempt theft of human food sometimes. Finally, instead of corner stores and forbidden creeks, there was funnel cake, fried Oreos, and the sea, which they were scared to approach for fear of drowning.
They never learned how to swim so the four of them sat down on the bench to take it all in.
“I can’t believe we made it.”
“It’s so surreal. Like we’re all in some kind of alternate world.”