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TUMBLE ME LIKE A SHELL IN SHALLOW WAVES

TUMBLE ME LIKE A SHELL IN SHALLOW WAVES

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Published by EvanMorganWilliams
This story originally appeared in Witness (Volume 21, 2007).
This story originally appeared in Witness (Volume 21, 2007).

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Published by: EvanMorganWilliams on Sep 08, 2010
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TQHNIA HA IECA L ]FAII E@ ]FLIIJ_ _LWA] nuAwl` Hj~ol` _eiielh}J~eoe`liiu Rqnie}fad e`_et`a}}) Wjiqha ><) >22?L`utfe`o ojjd e` hu iega E―wa fld tj let gj~) nqt E―wa naa` oild tj dj et. Hu dldtlqoft ha fj tj q}a tfa }l l`d rjie}fa~ fa` E l} aeoft ual~} jid) l`d eg ujq oewa hal`u rile` ~jmc) E ml`) e` teha) ge`d }jhatfe`o nalqtegqi nq~ead e`}eda. E lh }evtaa` `j)l`d E flwa ml~~ead fjha l tfjq}l`d ~jmc} g~jh tfa l`da~e`o adoa jg tfa teda. E lh `jt}t~j`o—tfa}a l~a }hlii ~jmc}) aoo}) miqtmfad tj hu naiiu) oltfa~ad j`a j~ tj ra~ aac.Tfau damj~lta awa~u e`dj}eii) awa~u }faig) tfau }reii g~jh al~u nl}cat} j` tfa gijj~.Hu hjh) Cehna~iu) }lu} tflt E flwa gjq`d lii tfa ojjd mjij~} nqt j`a. Et e} l Uq~jc E`del` j~d) l`d }fa }lu} et dja}`―t t~l`}ilta) nqt }fa―ii c`j et fa` }fa }aa} et. _fa`}fa tjqmfa} et. ]fa e} lilu} tjqmfe`o tfa ~jmc}) r~a}}e`o tfah tj fa~ ier}) }atte`o tfah
 
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) fa~ aua} taii ha. Tfau nao ha.Mjqria hj`tf} loj) E n~jqoft fjha l Uq~jc demtej`l~u tfa }mfjji ien~l~el` l}tj}}e`o jqt namlq}a `j j`a ~ald et) kq}t }m~liad tfae~ `lha}) l`d j~}a) j` tfa }re`a. Eflwa hahj~e{ad l tfjq}l`d j~d} E fjra tj q}a }jhadlu) nqt E flwa `jt gjq`d tfa j~dCehna~iu l`t}.L`jtfa~ tfe`o E lh lete`o gj~; E flwa `jt d~alhad) `jt awa~. Hu d~alh} oj e`tjtfa ~jmc tqhnia~. Fl~d }jied tfe`o}; tflt―} l} mij}a l} E oat tj d~alhe`o. _feia tfatqhnia~ }|qlt} e` tfa ol~loa l`d mfq~`}) E ge`d l e`dj tflt jwa~ijjc} tfa nalmf) l`d Elet. E ~ald g~jh tfa demtej`l~u feia Cehna~iu mjhn} fa~ ge`oa~} tf~jqof hu fle~  namlq}a }fa ml``jt tfe`c jg l`utfe`o ai}a tj }jgta` fa~ }ld`a}}. _flt e} tfa j~d gj~ flt E gaai: Rltea`ma: E ~ald hu demtej`l~u l} E let gj~ tfa tqhnia~ tj ~awali tfaoie}ta`e`o fal~t jg l }tj`a3 ieca tfa n~led Cehna~iu e} rqtte`o e` hu fle~) et e} l r~jma}}tflt tlca} teha.Hu dld fl} tf~aa dlu} jgg g~jh tfa heii) tjj ij`o) l`d fa e} ~aldu tj na l`o~ulnjqt }jhatfe`o. L`utfe`o. Fa ijjc} qr g~jh l gegtf hqo jg mjggaa) l`d fa }aa}Cehna~iu al~e`o fa~ `eoftoj` }j ilta e` tfa hj~`e`o) n~lede`o hu fle~ l`d fe}ra~e`oj~d} tj fa~}aig tfa lu }fa dja}) tfa }q`ieoft l~he`o fa~ nlmc) tfa }jgt niqa }eic `eoftoj` g~jh tfa mltlijo tflt mj}t} tjj hqmf) tjj niqa) fa~ n~j` }ce`) fa~ tfe` fl`d})femf fa }`ltmfa} nu tfae~ ~e}t}) Cehna~iu ijjc} }j r~attu l`d }ld) l`d nju} dj`―t n~ledtfae~ fle~ ieca tflt) ojd(dlh`et) l`d E a}mlra tf~jqof tfa cetmfa` djj~ l`d dj` tfa riq`oe`o jjda` }tle~} tflt iald tj tfa nalmf. E―wa `awa~ }aa` flt flrra`} `avt.
 
L gjonl`c e} d~looe`o e`) l`d tfa le~ e} }j hqggiad E fal~ j`iu hu gaat dj` tfa}ierra~u }tar}. Hu glma e} dlhr. Tfa feta`a}} }q~~jq`d} ha) }j n~eoft tflt E mij}a huaua}. E tlca tfa }tar} nie`diu) l`d E il`d j` tfa }l`d etf l tfqd tflt kjit} hu }re`a.E lic tfa at adoa jg tfa teda l`d }al~mf gj~ ~jmc}. Lolta}) rj~rfu~u) kl}ra~ eg E―h iqmcu. L Klrl`a}a oil}} gijlt) }hl}fad tj net}. Tfa gjo e} }j tfemc E ml` nl~aiu }aa hugaat) l`d E flwa `awa~ gait }j lij`a) nqt tflt―} fj E l`t tj na. E }qrrj}a E heoft oattjrriad nu l lwa l`d `awa~ }aa et mjhe`o) nqt E djqnt et3 tfa jmal` jgga~} alc iettialwa} tflt }ilr lt hu gaat l`d }ieda qr tfa }l`d) fe}ra~e`o. Tfa le~ e} }j |qeat E ml` falj~d} e` hu fald) nqt E dj`―t ie}ta`.E ge`d l nilmc ~jmc e` tfa }l`d. _etf hu tja) E gier et jwa~; klooad l`d }fl~r l}oil}}) }jiia` j` tfa njttjh) l} tfjqof et fld naa` }t~qmc l }e`oia nij. Tfa }ce` jg tfa~jmc e} ujq`o l`d }fe`u3 et fl}`―t naa` e` tfa lta~ ij`o a`jqof tj na j~` dj` nu tfalwa}. E }fegt tfa jtfa~ }tj`a} E flwa gjq`d) hlce`o ~jjh e` hu rlih gj~ tfe} }fl~r l`dhu}ta~ejq} tfe`o) l`d E ~atq~` tj tfa fjq}a.Cehna~iu ieca} et jqt fa~a j` tfa }ret) llu g~jh tj`. ]fa ieca} et namlq}a }fafl} l gal~ jg rajria―} aua}. Tfau }tqdu fa~) l ~l~a }rameha`) l ijwaiu tfe`o) l`d }fadja}`―t ieca et. E hal`) }fa }tqdea} ha awa~u hj~`e`o fa` E n~q}f hu fle~ gj~ }mfjji) nqt tflt e} degga~a`t) l degga~a`t ijjc) kq}t ltmfe`o ha) ij}t e` l }ld`a}} lii fa~ j`. ]fa}lu} e` feof }mfjji nju} gaii e` ijwa etf fa~ etf kq}t l oil`ma) l`d et l} l `qe}l`ma tjflwa nju} dj tflt) l `qe}l`ma namlq}a }fa jqid glii e` ijwa nlmc. ]fa―} llu g~jh tflt`j. L`d etf @l`l oj`a) tfa~a―} `j j`a jqt fa~a j~~ue`o lgta~ fa~ tfa lu gjic} iecatj dj. @j j`a) tflt e}) avmart gj~ ha l`d hu dld) l`d }fa c`j} E j`―t }lu l`utfe`o)l`d fltawa~ hu dld fl} tj }lu e} etfjqt ml~a. Hu dld e} r~jnlniu uaiie`o lt fa~ ~eoft

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Evan, I'm glad I've found your work. This is beautiful writing, lyrical, magical. I love pieces that open a window to a world I don't know. This one opens a door, and I walked into it with fascination.

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