SOMETHING NEW: a short story

The first streams of light began to shine through the gray clouds in the distance. The scent of the ocean air tickled my nose. My body felt warm enough under our makeshift blanket. I was grateful I remembered my fuzzy socks to keep my toes warm. We leaned into each other. The exhilaration of something new sending chills up and down my back. I could feel his warm breath against my neck and smiled.

“Is this really happening?” I thought to myself. I wanted to believe it with all that I had within me. I pushed the doubts out of my mind and focused my thoughts on the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. The wind blew in my face and I shivered, instantly he held me tighter and I let him. Surprised by the spontaneously romantic gesture of a beach sunrise I felt the stirring in the pit of my belly intensify. Were my hints so clear that he responded off his own accord? I recalled the way he grabbed my hand earlier that night on our way to the car. The way he spun me around on the dance floor. The pieces of our many years of friendship coming together in my mind like a jigsaw puzzle startled me. The doubt rushed back. “What if it’s a mistake? What if we are only meant to be friends? Do we even want the same things? What does he want? What do I want?”

“Tell me something about you that I don’t know.”

The sound of his voice was strong and confident. I melted a little.

I stayed quiet for a minute thinking about how to respond to that question.

Uncreatively and suddenly shy I heard myself whisper back. “What do you want to know?”

Gently his hand found mine and as our fingers interlocked the butterflies took flight. I held back a gasp not wanted to let on how his touch so easily affected me. I cleared my throat and suggested we head home.


Hope you enjoyed this unfinished short story. Maybe at some point I may add to it but as of now this is all there is. Leave your comments below. Perhaps you have suggestions for how to continue the story.

Read my last short story here.


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