TITLE: Dear Katherine
GENRE: Science Fiction
Katherine met Derek and Rick on the colonized planet Millanos. At the beach, Katherine wants to swim to the island she can see in the distance. She's trying to get away from Rick.
“Why don’t you ask the lifeguard on duty?” Derek pointed to the high chair further down the beach.
I jumped to my feet. “Great idea.”
Derek stood too. “I’ll go with you.”
“We’ll all go hear what he has to say,” Rick said as he packed up our camp.
We walked over and discussed the island with the lifeguard, who spoke the local sing-song tongue. "It's a long but doable swim and the tide should hold until you guys got there."
“Not all of us,” Rick said. “I for sure couldn’t swim the distance. She’s the only one going.”
The lifeguard looked me over a tad too long. “I wouldn’t advise going by yourself. Just in case something happens. If you wait until tomorrow, I’ll swim with you.”
My plan was to be falling off the planet in a spaceship tomorrow. “I try not to wait for tomorrows. I’m sure I'll be fine.”
“Well... I can keep an eye on you with my spyglass and you don’t need to swim all the way back if you wait for the ferry at the end of the day. The captain will give you a ride if you swim to meet the boat.”
“I’ll wave when I get there.”
“We both will,” Derek said.
“Dear Derek!” Rick exclaimed in his mother tongue.
Derek didn’t switch languages. “He told Katherine she shouldn’t swim by herself and both of you said you couldn’t go with her. That leaves me.”