It is true that I lived on my boat at Cat Harbor for about a year. I was a commercial abalone diver. However, though written in first person, this is NOT autobiographical. It’s based on a couple I met in Oceanside, California. I appropriated the flesh of their story as a repository for the despair and beauty of my own existence at the time. I envy what they had and squandered….
Only in the last five years did I learn that “Avalon” is the Celtic word for paradise. This is an Adam and Eve story. Catalina Harbor, on the windward side of the island, is almost Avalon. For Aaron and Melissa in this story, it is almost paradise. Almost Avalon…almost.
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“Melissa, the only man in your life who could love you more than me is the man you are helping me to become.”
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“Sails on the horizon, white and jagged, a regatta of sharks’ teeth, devour what is left of the day.”
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