Island Monster - Chapter 1"Maybe the creatures all ran in fear. Maybe the world grew strong enough to kill them all. The only clue the world has to the beasts' extinction is their fear of the monster they created long ago."
- The Man and the Monster
Seagulls and surf; the two sounds I recall waking up to later. The air was warm and humid, not unlike a tropical area. Leaving my eyes closed, I sighed through my nose, which tingled at me in response. It hurt a little bit. My mouth tasted salty and I hadn't a clue why. By then I had decided to open my eyes. I found the light clawing at my pupils, though I was shaded by something large. My eyes opened fully, but I waited until they were in focus to decide what to do.
When my vision cleared up, I understood that the thing shading my eyes was the leaf of a palm tree; large enough to cover me from the waist up. I compared to feeling of heat on my legs to the cool shade on my chest. It felt better to be in the shade. I took