I reach out and brush up against her bare legs.
Kai, I call out.
She freezes and looks around, but she doesn’t look down, so I reach up and brush against her again.
The sun bounces off my skin. She brings a hand up to shield her eyes. Her toes squeeze in the sand.
Come to me, Kai.
I pull away and watch her look around again before taking a deep breath.
She dives into my skirts. The cool silks billow and ripple away from her. I scoop her up in my arms and carry her towards me.
Why am I here? She wonders.
Hush, my child. I smooth back her hair, whisper love in her ears, and guide her away from shore.
She’s breathless. I can see her struggling to hold on.
I lift her up; breathe, Kai.
She fills her lungs up then returns to my embrace. Her eyes open wide for the first time since she dived in. I spin her around and laugh at the wonder behind her eyes.