Pharos Island: Part I

Author's note: Built upon the island of Pharos, the lighthouse of Alexandria became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

"Tell me again," Abie said to Rondo, "why are we here?"

"On the other side of the world," Rondo replied, "there lies an island which is scarcely wide enough at high tide for the lighthouse that is built there."

"But at low tide, you can reach it from the shore, if you are a fast runner, and if you aren't distracted by the singing of the oysters in their intertidal beds."

"And in the lighthouse, there is a staircase."

"And at the top of this staircase," finished Rondo, "is the light, which reveals many things."

"But why are we here?" Abie repeated.

"Because," Rondo spoke quietly, "I threw your ball up into a tree."

"And now I feel bad."

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