Alex only chuckled. The kid was a challenge. And Alex was born for the challenges. He stayed quiet for a few moments, watching Roy go through the sand and coming up empty handed. After those few moments, Alex cleared his throat and nodded toward the opposite, and lighter side of Roy. "Answer me this. Why wouldn't I talk to you?" A question with a question. He'd make the challenger, answer his own questions- or however that went. He didn't keep up with detail.
Alex looked on the more shady side and dug around. The things he found were pieces of shells and dull rocks or worthless coins. He waited for Roy to look on the brighter side to find a couple of shells, maybe a few other cool things.
Liu thought about the question at hand. Were her parents always gone? It seemed like it. Most of the time she saw them on maybe an occasional Saturday, but that was only because they remembered they had a daughter and didn't need to starve her because of their foolish and petty arguing. "Ah, yes...most of the time." She shrugged again. "What do you mean not convinced?" Liu asked quietly.
The empty they were walking to made Liu stop in her tracks. "Uh..." Joanna knew the owner. Well even if she didn't know him, Joanna did pay the shack owner. "Um...al-alright." Liu walked in with the woman and looked around. It brought back buried memories from her past. As a kid, her parents would take her to the beach and for lunch they'd go to the shack. It was a nicer time..
"What would you like me to do?" Liu blinked and followed her. She had no idea why she was doing this, but it felt nice, so she continued without complaint.