The Red Man
By Alex Meleg
Copyright 2011 Alex Meleg
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The Red Man
I opened my eyes and clawed a handful of sand. Cold waves lapped at my legs. The air was still. I rolled over onto my back and felt the hot sun penetrate my eyelids as I drifted back into sleep. A massive wave crashed over my head and salty water rushed up my nose and into my eyes. I sat up, coughed hoarsely and squinted against the over bright sun as I surveyed my surroundings. I was on a pristine beach that appeared endless from horizon to horizon.
Red clouds shrouded the sky in twilight past the dunes that separated the beach from the rest of world. The white beach gradually gave way to ruddy dirt. A primal shiver traveled up my spine as I realized my only option was to walk inland. I collapsed and stared at the ground. I was alone, naked, with no memory of how I arrived here. I rubbed the last vestiges of sleep out of my eyes, stood up, and clambered over the dunes.
Blowing red sand stung my eyes and punctured my skin like needles. After hours of walking, the wind died. The vast desert grew silent. I wiped my face feverishly as the ground rumbled beneath my feet. A wall of sand that stretched as far as I could see thundered toward me like a herd of amorphous elephants.