The Shark Swam, In, Out, In,
go together," Casey said. "Make it look like we might be too much to
don't like the word might."
could just wait until it goes away."
would be the smart thing."
passed. The sun blasted down, and the water on my back evaporated to
crystals and salt. the shark seemed to have all the time in the world,
we're not very smart, are we," I said.
shark seemed to know what we were thinking, never straying from the path
between us and the beach. Small whirlpools erupted around its fin
whenever it turned. I could even see its eye, looking. I wiped my palms
on my damp shorts.
tossed a rock at it. The shark jolted. Casey threw another one and it
shot out to sea.
of this game.
jumped in and swam like spooked sardines. Near shore, something rough in
the water rubbed up against me, like sandpaper. . . . Shark skin!
yelped, beating it with my fists.
hit the sand and stumbled up the beach, looking back, shouting, "Run,
thing grabbed my legs. "Get it off! Get it off!"
away as I staggered ashore, my heart slamming in my chest. I looked
submerged palm frond.
and Mike laughed so hard they fell on the sand and cried.