My lover is never happy. I met him a year ago when I was diving at the Land and Sea Park. I’m the warden and it is my job to examine the chains and shackles of the moorings. Without them, people would drop anchors on the reef, crush the coral.
The first cold front had come and gone. Swell had broken branches of elk-horn coral, but the sea had momentarily returned to the calm of summer. I saw Cuda’s skiff, a glass-bottomed bucket, a gas can, a ball of clothes. Nothing moved around the boat, over the reef. The flat surface rose and fell like the side of an animal.