Malikhi Hill, Pecari
But true...
Sun Sep 2, 2018 19:31

Malikhi shifted so that he was sitting next to Evelyn again and pulled his knees up to his chest and rested his chin on them, his arms wrapped around himself. He thought for a short while about what to share with Evelyn. She wanted a happy story but not one that had a happy ending, which confused him. He wasn't sure how the two couldn't go hand-in-hand and wasn't sure, for a while, if he knew anything like that. He was about to apologise to her, when something occurred to him.

"Well..." he began slowly. "I remember something my Mum told me, not long before we moved here to America."

He paused for a moment, trying to get his thoughts straight in his head so that he could share his story correctly.

"An old man was walking along a beach when he came across a young boy throwing something into the sea. He didn't know what he was throwing until he got closer and he found that he was chucking washed up starfish. 'What are you doing, young man?' the old guy asks and the boy replies, 'if the starfish are still on the beach when the sun rises, they will die'. The old man calls him stupid and says that what he's doing is ridiculous as there are miles and miles of beach and millions of starfish. He says that what he's doing won't even make a difference. The boy disagrees and throws another starfish into the water, saying 'it'll make a difference to that one'. Then, he throws another. 'And that one'. As the old man said, he wasn't able to throw all the starfish back into the sea but the ones that he did had their lives changed from a horrible death."

He fell quiet again, pensive. His eyes were looking out across the pitch, taking in the stands and the green of the grass and the hoops at either end.

"I didn't want to move to America or come to Sonora," he said finally, sighing. "I was worried that I wouldn't make any friends or I'd suck at my classes and I'd just be 'the weird kid from England', you know? My Mum told me that story and said that no matter how big a challenge is, I should always take a stab at it. Even if I don't totally overcome it, at least I'll have tried."

  • Rude!Evelyn Stones, Sun Sep 2 19:03
    Evelyn managed a smile and a chuckle, grateful that Malikhi's sleeve had saved her the trouble of wiping her tear-covered face on her wrist. "Thank you," she whispered. "I'm glad I know I can talk to ... more
    • But true... — Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sun Sep 2 19:31
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