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Teenage Lifeguard (Delmarya)

Delmarya Fier as a lifeguard

When you’re down, feeling low
Just remember your name.

The second child of the fourth generation has become a teenager and she’s struggling. Her parents named her Delmarya, meaning “noble protector, from the sea” as she was born in Sulani. Deli wants to become a conservationist, like her father, because she’s in awe of him and wants to live up to her name. She’s only a lifeguard now since she’s a teen. But everything’s hard.

Deli’s allergic to the sun—it’s severe. A little exposure makes her flesh burn and a few hours will kill her, so she wears sunglasses and guards the beach during the evening.

As a kid, Deli was always outside.

Now that she’s older and her body’s changed, she can’t… even though she loves the outdoors. She misses out on what her siblings can do. She’s not resentful (at least not yet); she doesn’t know what to make of who (or what?) she is. Deli was just born like this.

Her father, Asher, cares for her and is trying to help. He’s known about Deli’s potential to develop this allergy (and more) since she was a toddler and he’s always looked out for her.

None of his other teens in the house are like this, so Asher’s trying to develop a special bond with Deli. He doesn’t want her to feel lonely.

They decided to watch a movie together. Deli picked the movie.

Asher had to stretch while watching it because it wasn’t his type of film. He needed to get up and move to focus.

Even though he tried to concentrate and enjoy one-on-one time with his daughter, the movie was just too boring and awful. Asher could point out every plot hole, the acting was horrific, the movie wasn’t entertaining in any way. He couldn’t even hate watch it, so he passed out due to boredom during a scene Deli found hilarious.

Yikes.

Anyway, he got up, acted like nothing happened, and mentored her in becoming stronger so the sun would affect her less. Deli tried her best, but she’s a little insecure around her dad.

Even though he doesn’t look it, he’s really old. Deli worries that she’s just not that important to him, just another kid he has. He already has one he loves. He raves about his eldest daughter constantly and stares at her picture every day. She moved out before Deli was even born.

Asher’s trying with Deli. Maybe? But she doesn’t know how good their relationship can be if he can’t even stay awake to watch something with her. As for him, he’s worried his daughter is going to kill herself because she loves the beach, the sun, and everything else about Sulani. Or worse—he’s worried that she won’t like herself and will want to fundamentally stop being like him.

They say don’t even try to resist
Look at what you’ve been given
Be grateful and don’t take the piss …

When you’re down, feeling low
Just remember your name
They ain’t us
They ain’t us, baby
‘Cause you know what they don’t
Just remember your name

(They flicker, flicker, flicker)
But they ain’t gonna shine like us

Flicker – Rina Sawayama

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