- There is an umbrella in your drink. You do not remember asking for one. When you return from the bathroom, there are two umbrellas in your drink.
- You ask the bartender for a whisky on the rocks. He makes you a pina colada. You do not question it. There is an umbrella in your drink
The iguanas sit idly in front of your house. Ruminating. Every day they are there. Watching. Waiting.
- You go on a boat trip around several small islands. The boat stops several times at several different docks where the same smiling faces greet you. You go to the beachside bars and look at the local wildlife. You return to the boat to find it is departing on a tour of several islands. You go to beachside bars. There is an umbrella in your drink
You visit the man who makes shaved ice cream cones. He smiles as he pours raspberry syrup on your cone. The taste is cloying. No matter where you go, you hear him scraping the ice.
- A family of four goes scuba diving for the first time. Their smiling faces swallowed up by the endless blue of ocean. they never return. The next day a family of four goes scuba diving for the first time. When they return they do not smile.
- You go to the beach. The sands stretch before you, and no matter how far you walk, you never reach the ocean.
- One night you find a swarm of baby turtles heading for the ocean. Just before they reach the sea they stop and stare at you, unblinking, before one of them opens it’s mouth and cries like a child. Nobody else seems to notice, and the turtles disappear into the foam.
- A man sells you a shell necklace. You thank him and put the necklace on. The next morning, it is gone, and you notice a large group of hermit crabs with similar-looking shells.
- You find a lone food truck at the beach. It’s wheels rusted away, leaving concrete blocks. Old salsa plays on a hissing radio, decades old. “We only accept the currency of the sea,” she says. You hand her the shells you collected. She hands you mashed plantain stuffed with shrimp and octopus. They wriggle still.
- There is a tsunami warning. You ask the bartender what that means. He smiles and makes you a cocktail. Later that day you see an umbrella swept away by the ocean.