It was the sand of Cancun that she would remember. She would always remember feel of the soft sand beneath her body, the feel of the sand between her toes. It was from the vacation she took with her college friends that last summer before they would graduate and head off into the real world. It was a summer for fun and freedom.
They had taken the shuttle from the resort into town for another great evening. They danced and danced all night. Laughter and smiles and everything good were the memories being created.
Somehow in the crowd, she lost her friends. She waited. She looked. She went back to the last part of the dance floor where they had been together. She looked in the ladies' room. She went outside. Everything was just so crowded that she knew she would never find them. After thirty minutes, she walked to the local bus stop.
She hopped on the bus and paid the cheap fare. The bus was full of couples and groups of friends, everyone building their own great memories. She watched them all exit the bus at their stops as she rode out to her hotel, one of the farthest from the night life.
When she got off the bus, the two locals seated at the front got off, too. They grabbed her and headed to the beach.
On that beach a new memory was formed, one that would never leave her. She would never forget the feel of the soft sand beneath her body as the rough men took her innocence. She would never forget feel of the sand between her toes as she ran back to the resort.
She didn't need that jar of sand to remember that vacation. That sand etched a memory in her that haunts her every day.
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