Dalia saw her son approaching. He was so much like his father. That same strength and determination.
“Mother, I’m leaving school.”
”What? Kaelin, you can’t!”
“I’m sorry, but I have to. I just feel this need to move on. Like I have to find my destiny. Find fulfillment. Out there, somewhere. I just know I can’t do that here.”
She just stared at her son, unsure of what to say next.
”Mother, I’m not happy here. Can’t you understand?”
”I understand, just like I understood when your father decided he needed to explore new things. I don’t have to like it to understand it. Everything was fine, until that day that he didn’t return. We still don’t know what happened to him. No one has seen him since. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you, too.”
“I don’t plan on being gone forever, I’m sure Dad didn’t either.” Kaelin sighed. “I miss him, too. Maybe that’s why I need to go. To understand where he went. Go the same places he went. Maybe I’ll even find out what happened to him.”
Daila felt her heart sink. “All right. I suppose I can’t stop you anyway.”
“I love you, and I’ll be back soon. You’ll see.” Kaelin darted out.
* * * *
As Kaelin headed out into the world, he soaked in everything around him. The colors, the sounds, the warm light coming from above. He met many colorful characters along the way. They all had a story to tell, and he loved hearing them. But, it was time to write his story. Time to have his adventure.
But, one story hooked his imagination. Even though he was nothing but an old crab, Charlie had the best stories. “Charlie, tell me about The Wild again.” Kaelin said, as he stopped to visit his friend.
Charlie stretched. “Well, The Wild is that place that only the bravest dare venture.” His low, gravely voice made it sound even more mysterious. “Many who go there, never return. You have to be vigilant, never let your guard down.”
“How do I find The Wild?” Kaelin was feeling the excitement building. This was it.
Charlie pointed him in the right direction, and Kaelin was off to finally fulfill his destiny. It was getting late, but he went ahead and started his journey.
As Kaelin reached the edge of the wild, it was beginning to get light. He noticed a delightful smell, and realized he’d been so excited he hadn’t eaten all night. He followed the smell, in hopes of finding the meal that went with it.
* * * *
“Ummm, I’m stuffed full.” The man leaned back, stretching
”Yeah, that filled me up, too. That was some good fish you caught this morning.”
“Yup, and he sure put up a fight, like that one last month. Almost got away.”
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