The man hopes that the coast will offer hope, but he knows he has no reason to believe this will be true. They eat sparingly and when they do finally reach the coast, they find that life isn't much different there. The sea isn't blue, and the man apologizes to the disappointed boy. Along the shore there are the bones of birds and ribs of fish, a bleak scene up and down the beach. The boy asks his father what's on the other side of the ocean. The man says that there's nothing, then he says that maybe there's another boy and his father, carrying the fire. The boy goes for a swim after the man telling him he should try it.The man remembers another night he was at the beach, before the world slipped into this dark state. He recalls the warm sand, the stars, and his wife there beside him; a comforting, nearly perfect night.
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