"Nothing." Little Yichen blushed as he shyly shook his head. "I just think that mommy looks very pretty when smiling."
"Such sweet words."
She could not help pinching his cheek, yet her actions were gentle.
Suddenly, she turned to look around. "Where's Youyou?"
"Eh? He was just beside me moments ago." He panically looked all over for his brother's trail.
Finally, her sharp eyes spotted the little guy. He was picking up crabs by the seaside.
Helpless, she called out to him. "Youyou, what are you doing?!"
Youyou was squatting at the seaside with his hands around his legs. After the waves ebbed, the sight of the little crabs' constant struggles in the sand fascinated him.
He found this scene to be very interesting.
The little crabs were so small, not even half of his palm's size.
Waves hit the beach and water splashed, making the little crabs retreat to the shore. As the tide receded, the waves dragged many little crabs back with them to be swallowed by the sea.
How fun; how fun!
Just like her, this was his first time being at the seaside.
He had only seen how an actual sea looked like at this moment.
At sunset, as the orange sun dotted the horizon, the sea surface mirrored the sky's reddish color all the way, dyeing the vast body of water with an incredibly gorgeous color.
It was children's nature to be curious about new things.
Youyou's body huddled into a ball as he squatted by the seaside, staring intently at the little crabs struggling to flip themselves over in the sand. He would, from time to time, kindly reach out and assist these poor sea creatures in flipping over; following their instincts, they would quickly flee to the sea.
Some instantly buried themselves into the sand; from afar, they looked like little insects.
She could not bear to disturb his curiosity, yet she was also extremely worried.
When the tides receded, the waves were very powerful.
The boy was so small she feared him being swept into the sea; hence, she hollered, "Youyou, don't play at the seaside! It's dangerous!"
"What?" He stood up. The passing breeze carried and scattered her voice all around, so he failed to hear her clearly for a moment.
"Come back! Don't stay at the seaside!"
"Got it! I'll be right there!"
With that response, he stepped on the waves and moved toward her.
Just then, a huge wave pounded on some protruding rocks by the sea. Frightened by the loud sound, he turned to look and saw a surge of waves not far away.
The momentum was frightening.
He hastened his footsteps.
The waves flipped over, rolling to a height of five feet, and hit him squarely on his back. Suddenly, he felt a horrifying force violently propel him onward. He staggered and toppled forward.
The sand by the sea was soaked with seawater.
His feet slid as his body lost its center of gravity, resulting in him falling to the ground.
She jerked her head in shock as she witnessed him get swallowed by the waves.
Crying out in fear and shock, she cast her basket aside and ran toward her boy.
Yichen heard the commotion and gazed in the same direction, only to see that his brother was in danger. He dashed desperately toward him without further ado.
Another ferocious wave hit and caught Youyou without warning.
The little boy gulped a mouthful of saltwater with this sudden assault.