Ooh, over there were a bunch of people crowded around the beach. Actually, they weren't quite crowded. That wasn't the right word. Instead, perhaps evenly spotted on the sand was a better description. The amount of people perfectly spread out in a very specific area was definitely astonishing. Shiva floated over to the mass of them, too lazy to walk for now. Aegir was tucked under her arm. A ton of people were spread out on the sand, some with their hands cradling heaps of the stuff. Others were patting down mounds and some dribbling out towers. She didn't understand what was happening at first, but then it hit her. Sandcastles! Shiva had used to make a ton of these when she was a little kid. Not on the ocean or shore of the sea, but rather using mud and dirt and such. Even with a lot of technological advancements, they still had found time to play around outside and in nature. Everything there was considered a blessing.
With a large wave of magic, Shiva cleared out a space on the beach. Some people who had been working there had their castles destroyed, but she reconstructed them with another movement of her fingers in another area. She needed this one. Her light had to be perfect, otherwise there was no point. Besides, it wasn't like they lost any progress. Settling down in her neatly marked off square, which had a wet moat predug into it, Shiva thought about what she wanted to build. Her skills were not lacking at all in this department, as they were at least half the amount of her ego. And that was too enormous to take stock of. Nobody else was going to cross her moat. Although Shiva wanted to use her magic in order to absolutely create her vision and bring it to life, she decided to go mundane. Why not test herself and just experiment to have fun? She didn't really care about the fairness of things. After all, she was a mage. Some of the other people here probably were using magic as well. Furthermore, just because someone else didn't have her advantages didn't mean she should put herself at a disadvantage. But Shiva concluded that she would pass on using magic. Disregarding being disqualified or whatever consequences might come from using it, she also just made the decision on the fly based on what she wanted. As she always did.
The first most important thing was making sure she got a lot of sand. Some of it had been acquired from digging out the moat, but she didn't want her castle to be sunken into the ground. Even if it would still stick up from a lowered level, that wasn't her goal. No, Shiva wanted her castle to tower over others. So she needed a ton of sand for that. Running over to the sea, she began to scoop up sand further out. It was okay if it was a little wet for now, because it would dry out in the sun. And if it didn't, she had no problem going back on her decision not to use magic. Manipulating the moisture out of the sand would be no problem at all for her. She shoveled sand up into a pile in her area, using her hands as a scoop. Aegir helped a little bit by using his flippers and head bumps. But honestly, Shiva did most of the work. Finally to finish her giant mound of sand, she leveled it out so it was more of a square platform. That would add credibility to her design. Rather than seeming very spherical and smoothed out with palms, hers felt rigid and professional. To the degree of professionality that a sandcastle could obtain, of course.
Shiva began to build towering buildings on her platform. There had to be several smaller skyscrapers or turrets, but she wanted a main castle. It would be something like a miniature city when she was finished. And she did finish it. By the end, everything had turned out perfectly, just as she had imagined and designed it to be. Shiva felt a small swell of pride, but the rest of her consciousness quickly squashed it down when the sight took her back to some unwanted memories. Back in the city, she was the only one really left who could take care of things. All of the tunnels underneath the small nation and the labs, the temple, everything was designed by her. Facilitated by her. In a way, this sand castle contest was a demonstration of how she could be obsessive and meticulous when it suited her. Standing up, Shiva realized that it had been a while since she had begun working on her sand masterpiece. Several other beach goers were crowded around the edges of her moat, watching her intently. An event coordinator walked up to her, smiling at her. "Congratulations! By popular vote, you win the sand castle contest." She placed a lei over Shiva's head. Feeling mixed emotions, she left the beach party not much longer afterwards. It had been a fun distraction, but the festivities felt like no place for her to linger.
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