Skinnydippers by cubehermit

We were expressly told “No skinnydipping” at the end-of-camp staff party. Because of this, and despite having drunk more beer than ever, my heart races and my mouth dries as I drop my shorts on the sand. I pull my shirt over my head, set my glasses on top of the pile. I turn toward my swimming partner: already naked, knee-deep in the water, watching me undress. In the half-light, I can see the creamy color of her skin, the blob that is her dyed-black hair, her awkward lanky limbs, a spot which must be the patch between her legs. But no detail! My glasses! The first time a girl shows me her naked body and I can’t see it! But I can’t wear them if I am to go into the water, where touching might be possible. “Damn,” I swear aloud. She takes it as a compliment, asking, “Is this the first time you’ve seen a girl naked?” She turns and half-runs/half-dives into the dark water. I follow, swim up to her. “What are we supposed to do next?,” I ask. “What do you want to do next?” she asks back, brushing against my hip with hers. My fear of the camp director leaves me and I am faced with a new fear: of everything I ever wanted being laid out in front of me for the taking.

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6 responses to “Skinnydippers by cubehermit

  1. Oh, that was wonderful. So full of youthful yearning, fear, and anticipation. Well done.

  2. guy

    I’m so used to myopia that i hadn’t even considered this drawback to it. I just didn’t see it. My vision has been corrected.

    Revisits teenage awkwardness in a way that made me squirm. I think that’s a good thing.

  3. Such a wonderful “coming of age” story. He’s such a great protagonist– eager, young, afraid, wanting. The details were excellent. Loved how he said “damn” and she misconstrued his intent– that was a great choice you made for him

  4. Love the tentativeness of the narrator, his insecurity without his glasses (oh, how I identify!). Adolescence, away camp, pine forests… all came roaring back. Peace…

  5. I admire how the tension about the glasses quickly gets replaced by more pressing concerns, and I love the closing line! Great stuff here.

    John

  6. Pingback: #8 – Corrected Vision « 52|250 A Year of Flash

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