I (Steve Rogers) stood at the beach, my boots getting touched by the gentle lapping of the waves, foam hissing softly. The winds press on my body and make my hair flow with it. The bright, beautiful sunset made my ocean eyes shine magnificently and my blond hair gold as the metal itself. The ocean ahead of me sparkled in the sun’s reflection and it’s rays keep we warm from the wind. Seagulls and pelicans soared or swam, catching prey or squawking loudly. I even saw a dolphin leap out of the water. I came here to enjoy the beach, and right now, I’m about to swim on my Captain America suit because, why not? Feels nice in it.
I walk in the water.
I’m not in the mood to do any stroke, just to relax and doggy paddle. As I get in, I feel the soft sand on my hands until it backs away from me completely and the beach’s getting further, too. The waves get a bit bigger, but I submerge them and get past them easily. I haven’t felt like this in a long time, but it feels great. Sometimes, different kinds of fish would swim with or past me, I even felt their tails touch me. To my surprise, I see a huge stingray swim towards me, it’s fins make it look like it’s flying. I stop and just hover there, calm, but getting tense. Iris Ramirez taught me about stingrays. They have stingers at the end of their tails that’s venomous. The Ray gets closer and I see it’s navy blue with many tiny brighter spots. Iris taught me about this type; it’s a spotted eagle ray. It circles me and it touches me with its fins. Iris told me that if a ray isn’t threatened, it’s safe to touch. Don’t worry, she taught me how.
So I touch it.
It’s been years since I’ve touched a stingray. It’s feels smooth and a little slimy. It’s circles me 2 more times until it swims away. I smile, feeling amazed. Oof, Iris is gonna be jealous when she hears this. I use my arms and legs to keep paddling, the sun going lower and lower. At one point, a lone seahorse clings on to my finger, so I swim with one arm for a while. Later on, I start to get tired, but I luckily, I see 2 dolphins approaching at my side. And they were kinda cute. More in Part 2...