Karym returned home a few days later, still wrapped up in thoughts of
Nick. Visits with friends and the mad rush of getting ready for another
year at school soon crowded her mind, however, and she was able to put the
incident behind her-she had almost forgotten about the sureal feeling that
summer vacation had given her until she recieved in the mail during the
fall break. It was a large, plain envelope, with cardboard in it as though
protecting photographs. She opened it slowly and found a drawing of Akana,
sleeping in the sunshine on a small ledge beside a hidden cove. Watching
her was a young man, a troubled look on his face, accentuated by shadowing-
he stood half in shadow, half in the sun. In his shadowed hand was held a
toy figurine of a mermaid, while his empty right hand was reaching for
Akana and the sun.
With the picture was a phone number and a question mark.