I was the first and maybe the only one to see the giant's boat that day. I stood on the beach like the friendless person I was now and let my mouth hang open when they crested the horizon. It wasn't a crowded beach, it never was because the island I lived on was so remote but I still wished that at least someone was there to confirm that I was the first to seem them approach. I wished someone would have been there with me. There were three of them on the small boat and I felt my toes dig into the white sand as the three unearthly individuals approached the shoreline, their eyes all settling on the tiny female who must have only looked a few inches tall to them. I looked at each of them and then turned my eyes from their 'small raft.'
As the boat came closer, I found that I simply could not turn away from the horrific and yet astounding visual impending. I had never seen anything like this in my short sixteen years of life and though my knees were quaking, it was something my eyes would not let me turn away from.
"A human!" a young and loud male voice rang out and the waves crashed against my slender legs as the boat drew nearer. I wondered if anyone else on the island could see just exactly what I was seeing. The cliffs behind me were about sixty feet tall so maybe someone out there saw something but for now I must have assumed that I was alone. I felt alone. For the past few weeks I had never felt so alone so it really didn't' make much difference now.
Finally, I was able to start to turn away from the three giants as their boat became dangerously close to the shoreline. Out of the corner of my eye I could see one giant stepping out of the boat and into the ocean. The ocean barely reached his knees.
"Wait Cayton!" a voice, too loud for my ears, shouted at the wading male.
"She saw us," the other voice began patiently.
Were they talking about me?
"I'll go too," the third and final voice offered and he jumped out of the boat as well. The ocean crashed loudly, giving into the weight of the other giant.
"You two are crazy, I'm staying here. I'll keep a lookout."
Slowly I turned to look back towards the ocean. To my horror, I saw the two giants wading through the ocean as if it were nothing more than a kiddie pool. They were attractive enough, but when something is as much bigger to you as they were to me, the appreciation of beauty also comes with a feeling of terror.
Their large feet struck the stand as they emerged from the water, compressing under their massive frames. Their ground shook with each approaching step and I tried to steady myself, realizing just how big they were that just the vibrations of their movement could be dangerous to me. Up and up I looked into their skyscraper high faces and was met with curiosity and confusion. These two giants were clearly both male and both easily over sixty feet tall. We were probably all pretty close to the same age, but staring up at them, I realized all too suddenly how small and exposed I was to them.
"It is a human," one breathed as he looked at me with a gentle expression. Was this the one called Cayton?
"No…really…you think?" the other male whispered back, his voice and expressions more scrutinizing than the other.
"What do we do now?" Cayton continued and lifted his eyes up from me to his friend. I was stunned, too scared to speak under the cold shadows of these strange and colossal human like beings.
"Well to make sure she doesn't run," the non-Cayton voice offered as if able to read my mind and actions, raised his foot and…
I screamed bloody murder, expecting death. To be squashed underneath the foot of a giant who was probably someone I would have sat next to in class if we were the same size was probably not my first choice to end, but what did it matter? No one was around to care anyway. I would be smashed under his foot simply because of my height.
And then…the foot stepped right over me and the giant stood on the other side of me, blocking any possible means of escape. I couldn't tell if it was better or worse not to be stepped on, but rather to be trapped between two sixty foot tall giants.
"Why did she scream?" the one giant asked.
The one that I was almost positive was Cayton actually really looked at me for the first time. I noticed his brown eyes soften as they darted between myself and his friend. The effect was flattering that he was able to look at me so kindly, but for too many weeks I had endured those almost pitying looks. I couldn't stand sympathy anymore but I didn't have much of a choice with a being that could literally put my life in his hands so I tried to take the look for what it was. Genuine concern.
"Why did you scream little one?" he asked softly.
I opened my mouth to respond, but the other giant interjected.
"You can't talk to humans Cayton, they're like animals. Look how scared this one is…"
But Cayton looked unconvinced. He held up one finger to me, almost as tall as my entire body and quietly spoke again.
"I'm going to get closer to you," and began to lower himself down, folding his body at the knee and then letting them collide into the sand. I yelped at the closeness and quickly began to back away from him, hardly taking the time to catch the hurt look that was clearly evident on his large unmistakable features.
He looked nice enough…but he was so big! Plus, I had no idea what the intentions of these giants were. The one had even said I was like an animal!
As I kept backing away Cayton licked his lips and started to speak again. "Please don't be afraid. I'm not going to hurt you."
But I kept moving into a tree then and grabbed the wet folds.
Wait, trees don't have folds…and why would a tree be wet…or on the sand…
I felt something shift above me then and I gasped and turned to face the other giant realized to my horror that I must have grabbed his wet pant let. I tried to look up at his face to gage his reaction but shivered after realizing that from such a low and awkward vantage point, this simply was not possible. I truly was just a scared animal at this point. A trapped and very scared human animal.
"Looks like she's terrified," the voice above me bellowed out loudly with a stomach churning chuckle. "Aren't you little one?" I watched nervously as suddenly the visible chin lowered and his eyes glowered and brought their full attention to me.
I screamed again and blindly ran away from his loud voice and condescending gaze only to run into a wall of flesh. I collapsed to the ground and groaned loudly as the pain ran through my body. What had stopped me?
"Whoa there," the gentler of the two voices pleaded. "I'm sorry, I didn't think you would actually run into my hand. I just wanted to stop you from running. You're just so small…I'll have to be more gentle. Here, let me make sure you're okay…" and he began to reach towards me. I felt the other giant step in closer as well, his footsteps causing me to lose my only recently gained balance and the other giant shot him a look, almost seeming upset for causing me to fall again.
They were surrounding me.
"No!" I finally screamed at the incoming hand and fell against the sand landing on my butt oh so gracefully. I skittered away but not far enough away from either of the giants.