Chapter 15 “okay. let’s try it.” i don’t sound very convincing.
hayden works to keep a straight face, but a smile tugs at the corners of his mouth. “you sure?” i nod. “you seem scared. don’t be scared. just do what i tell you, when i tell you, and you’ll be fine.” he pauses and lets the smile creeps slowly over his face, and though he doesn’t say anything else, i can feel the rest of his dad’s words swirl around in the breeze that picks up between us right then.
hayden grabs more gear out of his bus, and before i have a chance to answer, or change my mind or think things through, i’ve got the life jacket on over my bathing suit, hayden is wearing a rash guard with his trunks, and were lugging the kayak down the cement stairs to the pebble beach. we’re both a little out of breath as he pulls it to the waterline and gestures for me to sit in the front seat. i do, and he hands me a paddle. “you ready?” “right now? don’t i need a lesson or something first?” hayden looks entertained. “this IS the lesson. it’s easiest to show you in the water. it’s pretty small, so just get in and i’ll paddle is out there. then i’ll show you. sound good?” he smiles down at me, and i mister all the confidence i can to answer. “yep,” i manage, but my heart pounds out steady worry in my chest as a wave breaks over the rocks in front of us, rolling them up the beach with a low ‘shush’ this is actually happening. “here we go!” hayden’s voice says from behind me. the kayak surged forward, then rocks hard as he jumps in, knocking me off-balance for a moment. MIC