The girl waited for the voice to give her further instructions. She heard nothing. She waited and waited at the Starbucks. She finished her iced chai. She threw out her cup and gathered her belongings. She took an extra long time filling her backpack, hoping to hear the voice again. She thought it might be the voice of an angel. Not hearing anything, she ventured onto the sunny parking lot and decided to follow the map anyway. She was familiar with the nature trail by the beach, but had never hiked up as far as the X she drew on the map.
To her amazement, the X marked the spot of a beautiful waterfall! Lush, green foliage hid a sparkling little pool fed by the waterfall. The waterfall threw spray everywhere! The water was clean and clear, a brilliant turquoise color. She looked around, checking for swimmers and sunbathers but found none. She was alone. As she walked closer to the waterfall, the smell of fragrant flowers was overpowering: hibiscus, jasmine, plumeria, tuberose. Without thinking, she walked to a flat rock and stripped down to her bra and underwear. She slipped cautiously into the clear water. The water was warm. Feeling soggy and a bit silly for getting her only underclothes sopping wet, she took them off, too. Now she was naked. That’s when she realized she was being observed.
Part 3 tomorrow!