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He stumbled backwards, wiping the blood and spit from his mouth with his sleeve. He picked himself up from the dirt and tried regaining balance and a clear frame of mind. He looked around at his surroundings, all of it carried an heir of nostalgia, hitting him in the feels. Looking out over the ocean, watching the gulls hover, and the last moments of a sunset, he took in a deep breath of the ocean spray, being blown to the shoreline by the midsummer breeze.

Something festered deep in his gut, a feeling. He had no idea why right now he was being so emotional, but he let it out in the form of two small shimmering diamonds of sodium, that trailed their way down his face, before reaching his chin he wiped them away as well.

The image of a girl he thought he knew surged through his mind, leaving his ears ringing for a moment. He recognized her, though he knew he’d never seen her before. Tan, glasses, slender.

The image faded quickly however due to a sharp pain in his flank. Reaching down he touched a wet spot on his side with his fingers, bringing the fingers back up they were soaked in blood. Dizzy. Now he felt dizzy. The world spun round. He dropped to the ground, on his knees and exhaled the salty air. He leaned and fell onto his right side. The last conscious image he had was that of the silhouette of a person running away, off the beach, towards a well-lit city. Before closing his eyes he noticed half of a red apple in the dirt.

Night turned to morning.

Morning turned to day.

Day in the midsummer sun.

During this day, two joggers came by wearing what appeared to be spandex outfits, yet they were shimmering and shining in the sun iridescently, they almost appeared to be writhing. Almost passing the man, ignorant to his dilemma, one of the ladies stopped suddenly and had to do a double take on the man. She was instantly taken aback and put her hand to her mouth. Her friend removed what seemed to be headphones from her ears and stopped to see what her friend was looking at. She made an upward motion with her eyes, with that her tinted glasses instantaneously reverted into clear frames.

She too was struck in shock, it was a full minute before one of the women pulled from her armband, her phone and began dialing for emergency services urgently.