It is first light on an empty beach and a single figure is poised, her leg suggestively raised and outstretched on a pink lifeguard tower. The wind blows wisps of her hair and traces of sand on her back confess to other recent activities. A no swimming icon and the numerals “13” are posted conspicuously. Faint striations in the sky echo the diagonal lines of the railing above the figure.
The number thirteen is considered unlucky by some and lucky by others. In mathematics it is a Fibonacci number, happy number, and a prime. Its the atomic number of Aluminum. Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Wiccans, Shiites, and Aztecs all have significant days or beliefs connected in some way to the number thirteen. For example, there was a baker’s dozen at the last supper. Italians, Colgate University, and Taylor Swift alike considered 13 to be lucky. The United States began with thirteen colonies and the thirteenth amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery.