Spoondrift; a showery sprinkling of sea-water or fine spray swept from the tops of the waves.
Raven peered over her sunglasses and book at her two children playing in the sea. They were laughing and throwing buckets of water at each other. She smiled and looked up at the clear blue sky from which bright and warm sunlight was pouring from. Breathing the sea air deeply, Raven felt grateful that she was here. This was just the get away moment she needed.
Last week, she had laughed when she’s heard the weather forecast. How can we have a mini heat wave in the the middle of April? It was snowing two weeks ago! she had wondered. The weather presenter had insisted though and deciding to throw caution to the wind, she had booked a short break in Blackpool.
Leaving the kids, who were old enough to look after themselves for a bit, to carry on playing, Raven got back to her book. She was re-reading some classic novels and Frankenstein was her current mission. It was hard to disappear into the words though.
The beach was busy, other people having decided to chance the weather too. There were other children playing noisily, dogs barking and further up donkeys giving rides. Behind her came the noise from the Blackpool Pleasure Beach theme park; the echos of the roller coasters, the screams and the shouts. Music was playing from one of the restaurants or arcade places on the promenade. Further along the beach, noise was also drifted from the south pier; tinkling of music from the tea room and the rowdiness of fairground games.
‘Mum! Mum!’ a child shouted.
Raven looked up and saw her nine year old daughter, Kadie, running towards her across the sand. Raven put her book down, frowning and trying to see what was wrong.
‘He got water in my eyes!’ Kadie cried.
Raven snatched up a towel and as Kadie fell at her feet, she scrubbed her daughter’s face with the towel.
‘You’ll be all right,’ Raven said as Kadie started sobbing.
Raven looked up as her thirteen year old son, Cody, joined them. He was holding two buckets and looking flushed with the heat.
‘I didn’t mean it!’ Cody said as water dripped off him.
Raven handed him another towel, ‘I’m sure you didn’t.’
The buckets hit the sand and Cody dried off then sit down next to them on the picnic blankets Raven had laid down.
‘You okay now, Kadie?’ Raven asked.
The girl nodded and Kadie wrapped the towel around her. Kadie was sniffing and looked tearful still.
Raven pulled the cool bag over and took out two bottles of juice. She give one to each child. Whilst they drink, Raven found the bottle of water she had started and took a few sips of that.
‘Can we go crabbing later?’ Cody asked.
‘No. You know I don’t like it,’ Raven said.
‘Dad would let us,’ Cody muttered under his breath.
‘Yes, well,’ Raven snapped, ‘he’s too busy! Off with that whats her name, living the life of Riley, not caring about anything!’
Cody pulled a face and drink more juice. Kadie buried her face in her towel.
Raven sighed, ‘I’m sorry, I shouldn’t take it out on you.’
She pulled them both into a hug. Cody struggled against her and pushed his way out but Kadie snuggled closer. Raven breathed in the sea salt and sand in her hair.
‘Who wants ice cream?’ Raven said suddenly.
‘Yeah!’ shouted Kadie and Cody.
Laughing, Raven dug around for her purse.
To Be Continued…