I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy." - Sylvia Plath
The water today is cool enough to keep him moving but warm enough to revel in the joy of swimming for the sake of swimming. He tosses his trident, the symbol of his status, onto the bed and mutters a hasty excuse to the servants that he rushes past. Thankfully, the guards are all out for lunch, so there is not a single soul to tell him to stop as he shoves the doors open with a happy shout and lets the ocean guide him.
From birth, Ealdros has been bred for court and to take on his father's position as advisor to the king of Maraqua. He is constantly studying and learning to prepare himself for his impending task, and seldom has free time to spare. As a result, he spends most of his time in the study or in various classrooms. While Ealdros is grateful for the life he has been given, he often wonders what it would be like to be able to swim freely without any boundaries.