The Trouble in Parasailing | Alex and Anna
For a moment, her vocal chords were paralyzed. Every time Anna had explained what she wanted to do in life as a career, she would wither get looks of judgement or a bombard of questions as to why. Now, hanging above the Pacific Ocean with no where to run, the girl wasn’t sure if sharing her passion was a great idea. Hesitantly, Anna bit the inside of her cheek before clearing her throat. “I’m studying Horticulture, I want to work at Disneyland.. Like making the topiaries and the flower displays. You know, the little things that no one notices when they go to Disneyland, but without them, the experience wouldn’t be the same.” Finishing, she took a deep breath, taking in the smell of the beach. Aside from the slight discomfort, the afternoon hang started of on the wrong foot as of yet, and she counted her blessings for that.
A sentimental moment was the furthest thing from her mind, so hearing Alex’s tone drop to one of solidarity, caught her off guard. Squinting her eyes to block out the bright rays of sun that colored so much vibrancy around them, she looked over at the unfamiliar yet familiar face. A firm line placed its way onto her skin, dropping her hazel eyes to the way his hands were gripping the harness. She wasn’t sure what to say, she never was I situations of deep conversation. Though she didn’t know much of the boy at her side, she knew enough to sense that he had been through more than anyone should. Out of having nothing to say, Anna remained quiet but let her face soften as she focused her attention back out to the gleaming ocean ahead.
Just like he wasn’t expecting to see Anna that day, he wasn’t expecting a real response from her. So when he got it, he wasn’t sure how to react. He was pretty sure though that he looked stupid. When he caught himself he realized that he was looking at the girl with an open mouth, kind of taken back by her answer. “You’re… Really cool,” Alex got out after a few seconds. “You don’t care what people think of you. You say whatever you feel even if it is weird. I can see why my brother is in to you. He would be crazy not to be.” Talking about Isaac probably wasn’t the best conversation topic but it was a burning one in his head. He needed Anna to know that what he felt for her wasn’t anything compared to how Isaac felt for her.
"I don’t know…. If you know this about him. But he has lost a lot of great things in his life, Anna. I don’t want you to be one of them." Alex started talking after an uncomfortable silence began. He swallowed, and scratched the back of his head. It was ironic how they were hundreds of feet in the air and it was supposed to be casual and light but what they were going to talk about was far from it. "B…Before my mom died… She asked me to live like water." Alex couldn’t bring himself to meet her eyes, "I had no fucking idea what that meant, actually. Then when Aria… She was our older sister… Before she died… She told me to hold up ships and slip through fingers. Again, I had no fucking idea what that meant. Until now. I need you to know that what I did before isn’t… Isn’t me now. I want you guys to be together. I want my brother to have one thing in his life that isn’t screwed up. I’m going to slip through the fingers, and keep out of your guys’s way. He deserves it. He deserves you."