Once upon a time, there was a sailor.
This sailor was well known, and had quite a foul reputation.
He was abrasive, and cruel to the senses.
But, he didn't mind. He was fine with who he was,
He knew, one day he'd find someone who liked him for who he was.
One day, he found her, and she was amazing.
They spent countless hours together, sitting in silence.
There were times where they wouldn't stop talking
There were times where they wouldn't utter a word,
A thousand lifetimes couldn't compare to the time they spent together.
It was bliss.
Day in, day out, he fished the local marina.
He made enough money for him, and his love to live comfortably.
But one day, he realized that he was in stagnation.
He loved her, and she made his life complete...
But, that couldn't fix him feeling trapped.
He had lived in that town all his life.
He had taken over the family business...
Was he to die in that town?
Was he not to do anything grand with his life?
One day, he heard rumor of a man eating fish,
who had been slaughtering sailors left and right.
It was the most malicious, cruel monster in all of the land.
And he knew that this is what was meant for him...
He was to catch, and mount the beast on his wall.
To show everyone that he was the best.
The best of the best.
He killed that which was thought to be unkillable.
It was a trip for himself, and no one else,
To which only he could only accomplish by himself.
It was a test of his character, and his will to persevere.
It was to show his love that she chose the best,
that despite all the ill talk of him, that he was
To make her happy, to show that he would conquer the world for her.
But she was afraid for him.
She knew that the trip was dangerous.
She knew, that he could die..
She begged, and tried her best to coerce him to stay...
But, he wouldn't listen.
His mind was set.
He loved her, and she knew it.
But she couldn't fathom why he'd want to "leave her."
Why he couldn't just be happy living there, with her, forever.
But, he wanted to do this, to show, her, and the world,
that he could accomplish great things.
Even though everything else conspired against him.
... But, she couldn't accept that...
... She left...
He knew she only left out of fear for him,
but if he could do this, then he could prove to the world,
and to her, that he could do anything and everything.
And she'd welcome him home with open arms.
But, it didn't dawn on him, until he had left...
Until he had departed from his home, from his love...
That she had truly meant it when she left...
That she would, and could find another...
It struck him hard.
Years of being oppressed by his peers.
Telling him that he was not good enough,
that he couldn't accomplish anything,
was nothing to the pain of his realization of what he had lost...
But, he continued onwards.
On an adventure, that now had no end.
Eventually, he lost his direction.
He couldn't tell where he was.
He was lost, at sea.
Years alone, had warped his mind,
he was trapped, alone, by himself.
No buffer, nothing to make him smile,
nothing to return to, no lighthouse to guide him home.
Nothing, but his boat...
Finally, he found his fish.
And, he caught the fish.
It was the strongest battle of his life.
Several times, the fish nearly seized his life
But, in the end, he emerged victorious.
He accomplished what no other man could do.
He set his eyes on something, and did it.
The world would
But for what?
He was lost.
Not only at sea, but without his love...
He had lost the one thing that truly made him smile.
The one thing that no matter what, accepted him,
even when the world rejected him.
He was lost...
...alone, and lost at sea.