Jason felt a presence he hadn't in a long time as he walked
amongst the rocks near the sea. He looked up to see a large whale
breaching the surface of the water. He glanced farther down and saw
a women sitting on a grassy outcropping. The sun reflected off her
golden hair and she lifter face to the breeze. He smiled, he hadn't
see Julie around in sometime. He'd thought maybe she decided to
move but apparently just hadn't come to the beach in a while.
"Hey Julie!" He waved to her when she turned and he picked
his way amongst the rocks to the knoll where she sat.
"Hey stranger." She turned and smiled at without getting up.
"Haven't seen you in a while around here, thought you'd
moved or something." Jason sat down next to her. She was lightly
tanned but a sprinkling of freckles still fell across her nose and
cheeks. He liked the affect.
She shook her head. "No, Just been busy, my mother's sick so
I've been spending a lot of time with her." She turned out to watch
the whale as it again surfaced and blew air and water from its
spouts. "I always forget how beautiful the sea is. It's why I come
down here so much, I feel good here."
Jason smiled and watch the whale. "I can understand that."
"Beautiful isn't it?" She asked, watching the whale
intently. "I can't imagine living such a lonely life."
"Lonely? How do you mean?" Jason asked.
"The whales," she said turning to face him but nodding to
indicate the great animal they watched together. "they live such
solitary lives." Jason studied her then turned to study the whale
as its tail disappeared beneath the surface of the water.
"It didn't used to be that way for them. They used to roam
the ocean in huge groups. They're actually very social creatures."
Julie heard a tinge of sadness in his voice and turned to study his
face. He seemed to grow instantly tired, and sad. He
continued, "But when humanity started to hunt them they had no
choice. They were getting slaughtered wholesale by ancient whalers
and they had no choice but to split up so they weren't so easy to
find. Seems it doesn't really matter al that much tough does it?"
Julie put her hand on his upper arm in comfort. He turned
and smiled sadly at her.
"How do you know that Jason? Everything I've read or seen
on TV says they're naturally solitary." Jason shook his head.
"Don't believe everything you read Julie." He turned to
face her, sucked in a deep breath as he thought about it. "You
know, they had a choice at one time."
"A choice?" She asked, glancing back out across the water
to where she thought the whale was.
"Sure, sort of. All creatures as they evolve have to
eventually make a choice. Live a simple life or evolve even farther
ad become more complicate creatures, like human beings." He stood
up and started tossing small rocks he'd scooped up off the
cliff. "Imagine that you lived a perfectly simple life Julie.
Imagine that you lived in your mothers womb your whole life. No
predator could hurt you, especially if you stayed amongst your own
people. Imagine your world was full of color and sound and food was
plentiful. Almost all your needs are taken care of. What decision
would you make? Would you leave it?" He turned and studied her
face again as she contemplated his question. Her green eyes
glittered like emeralds in the light of the setting sun.
"I don't think so, it sounds perfect." She finally answered.
"They didn't either." He nodded out towards the ocean.
"It sounds so sad now that you put it that way."
"I think, they are the saddest creatures on this planet."
He turned to her. "It breaks my heart every time I see them. It
breaks my heart even more to know they won't make it another
"You don't know that. People are getting smarter now a
days, maybe someone will finally step in for them." He looked into
her eyes, and she thought he looked like he wanted to say something.
Instead he shook his head and looked back out over the ocean.
"Maybe you're right Julie, maybe there's hope for them."
They watched as the whale, who had made its way farther down the
beach surfaced again.
"I wonder what its thinking?" She asked rhetorically.
"She's looking for her husband they mate for life you
know. Her daughter has finally left on her own and she's worried.
She wishes the times they didn't have to worry were still here. So
she goes to seek the comfort of her mate."
Julie smiled softly and looked up at him wonderingly. "How
do you know?"
"If you listen carefully, they'll tell you anything you want
to know. That's the way most life is really, it's just most people
don't stop to learn how to listen."
"Jason. Would you like to go to dinner with me tonight?"
Jason turned and smiled again at her.
"What brought that up?" He asked her.
"Maybe I want to hear more about the whales? Maybe I'm a
single woman, and you're a single man?" He shook his head in
agreement. "and I just want to go to dinner with you tonight if
"Yeah, I'd like that."
"Pick me up at 8?" She asked him mischievously. He laughed.
"Weren't you asking me out?"
"Yes but you're the gentleman, you're supposed to pick the
woman up." She laughed with him.
"Ok, 8 it is." Julie patted him affectionately on the arm
then started to walk up the trail. Jason stayed behind and turned
to the sea, where he knew the whale now slowly made its way in the
current to her mate.
"Good bye old friend. I wish there were hope for you, I