Friday, June 11, 2010


She rubbed the feathery white sunscreen into her arms.

Tiny sparkles caught the sun like daytime stars.

"Can you do my back?" she said.

The breeze paused. He slid over on the blanket. Settled into position.

Along the wet sand, surf curled and rumbled gently. It sounded cozy and strangely far away.

"What a perfect day," he said.


He squeezed the cream into his palm. Dropping the tube in the bag, he dipped his fingers to get two hands going at once.

Goosebumps rose at the touch of cold, then settled smooth.

"You know," he said, "I used to watch guys putting sunscreen on girls' backs when I was young."

Skin. Slick and soft.


"Yeah," he said. "Before I ever had a girlfriend. Before anything."

She didn't move. Just enjoyed.

"It was hypnotizing," he said. "I didn't want to look away."

"And what does it feel like now? When it's you?"

He smiled. Big.

"It never, never gets old," he said.


Laurel said...

That was a perfect blend of sexy and cute. Summer encapsulated.

Karen said...

Nice creation of atmosphere.

Tabitha Bird said...

I quite like being the one the sunscreen is rubbed into :) That never gets old either.

I love the line about the 'daytime stars' I could just see that. Very good.

Raj said...

you never ever get even close to anything less than extraordinary :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Ooo, lov-er-ly.

Bernita said...

Such a nice man...

Oddyoddyo13 said...

That one made me laugh. Ha! Look at you, providing smiles. LoL

Mona said...

I am glad that his expectations did not turn out to be a damp squib.

Anyway...expectations like THAT wouldn't!

Anonymous said...

Laurel, thanks! A perfect little moment.

Karen, much appreciated!

Tabitha, very cool! It's nice when it goes both ways. And thanks for the comment on the imagery. :)

Precie, great to see you! I hope you've been well....

Raj, what a nice thing to say! Thank you!!

Angie, I need to catch up on your blog now that you're back!

Bernita, the character, right? ;)

Oddyoddyo13, yeah, I don't always write dark things. :)

Mona, good point. It's very cool when the reality lives up to the dream.

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Summer in a nut shell. Well done for a great post, I could feel the sun on my back - pity I didn't have any sunscreen to hand.

Bhaswati said...

How beautiful, Jason, and not corny at all. A small, everyday scene, but so much love and joy flows through those words. Thanks.

Btw, my blog seems to have woken up. Hope you still remember me. :)

Linda S. Socha said...

Love the ease and the flow....The art work is captivating and fits perfectly...Where did you find it

lulu said...

wow, lovely!

Akasha Savage. said...

Ahhh...cute. I want that man....

Anonymous said...

Petty Witter, hopefully some sun found you in the meantime!

Bhaswati, I certainly do remember you! Of course. :) I'll definitely be over.

Linda, believe it or not, that print was on some kind of bag or tote in an outdoor market. I snapped a macro shot of the pattern.

Lulu, thanks! And welcome!!

Akasha, yeah, he's a nice one to have. ;)