“You’re over thinking it.” She passed him his coffee and added, “Just go. You know you’ll be happy you did.” He begrudgingly grabbed the board and shuffled his feet through the sand. He looked back to see if she was standing by the van giving an encouraging smile but she was already half way down the beach chasing their dog with a kite flying behind her. Even over the sound of the waves, he could hear her laugh.
The tide hit his foot. Fuck, it was cold. The last time he was in the water was a year ago but he quickly remembered its potency. But this was hard, like the first few strides on the treadmill of an overdue workout.
He kept paddling, breathing heavily but finally catching his stride. A dolphin jumped a wave ahead of him and he thought of the documentary they watched last week. Scientists can’t find any reason why dolphins surf other than for the pure joy of it. He held his breath and ducked. When he came back to the surface, he was past the swell. He sat up and waited, thinking of everything and nothing. Looking out towards the infinite horizon he drifted weightlessly. He loved how insignificant he felt in the ocean.
Time had no destination.
Before he knew it a pink and orange glow appeared on the horizon. Nature’s alarm clock. He got in the line up for one last run. The surf had been good to him today - he wasn’t sure why he resisted the things he loved.
He looked for the kite on the shore and her long hair blowing underneath it. He hated when she was right.
#⚡️fiction #flashfiction #storybyme #photobyme 🌊
Technical consultants @indigosoul 🏄♂️ @austinmelrose 🏄♂️
And I flat out stole the phrase “overdue workout” from @j.m.hedrick 🤙