Cast Ashore — a novelette in 15 chapters

Cast Ashore: Chapter 1

The Message of the Sea

Steve Fendt
4 min readOct 13, 2023


A wide beach of pale sand: a creek snakes across it towards the distant surf. To the right a rounded, dark headland. In the foreground, a tree branch and other debris.
‘Beach Calligraphy’, author artwork

Each morning on an ebb tide, I get up at first light and hurry out to the beach, eager to read what the receding water has written in the night. On the flood, all I’ll find is a mess of trampled sand which the advancing surf is slowly wiping clean. So, it has to be the ebb.



Steve Fendt Short stories, serial fiction, memoirs of a possibly quasi-true nature. Stories of the Australian beach and bush.