I loved surfing. Something about it calmed me, allowed me to think. I loved the feeling of the ocean under my board, how powerful it felt, how it was never changing. I glided up to the shore, and ran up the beach. There was a girl sitting there watching me, just as she had been for the past hour or so. She was pretty from what I could see, so I went and sat down next to her casually, noting as I did that she didn’t look at me. Since it didn’t seem like she was going to say anything, I introduced myself.
“So, you like what you saw?” I smiled, trying to be friendly.
She smiled back, apparently I had succeeded. “As a matter of fact, I did. You’re quite good.” She seemed like a nice girl, she had a pretty smile.
“Thanks, I’ve been practicing.” This was true, ever since I had come down for the break I had been working on my technique. I stood up, holding out my hand to help her up. She took it; she had smooth hands with long fingers. She stood in front of me and I had to look down to meet her eyes. “I’m Tyler. It’s nice to meet you.” I shook her hand, and noticed that she had a nice firm handshake.
“I’m Lucy Fields. Do you come here often? I’ve never seen you around before.” She asked this in a curious tone, and kept looking at me, which probably should have creeped me out, but just made me feel good.
“No, I’m on break.” I hoped she wouldn’t ask what school I went to, it was always hard when I liked someone and they asked that, and I liked this girl.
“Oh, where do you go to school?” Damn.
“Nowhere special…” I wanted to steer this conversation away from anything personal, it would be too hard if something came from this meeting.
“Ok, well… I’m having a barbeque up at my place… Do you wanna come?” She seemed to sense that she had breached a sensitive topic. “You look like you could use some downtime.”
“Well… Um…” I wasn’t sure if my mom would be ok with that, I was here to visit her… “Yeah, ok. I’d love to.” I smiled at Lucy again, it was really easy to do that around her. Smile I mean.
“Good. You can bring your board, it’s just up the beach a ways.” So she lived around here… That was convenient because so did I. On the way to her house, we talked about safe things. I told her stories from my school, never mentioning where it was, and she told me things about her life and her family. She was a really nice girl, funny, interesting, and really pretty.
She had really shiny, dark brown hair that waved gently to just past her shoulder blades. She wasn’t overly tall, but she had nice, long, toned legs, tanned from the southern sun. She was slim and lightly muscled, she wasn’t buff or anything, but you could tell she was fit. She pulled all this together with her white bikini top and short shorts, and she seemed to exude a confidence that I don’t think she even knew she had.
When we got to her house, a nice big beach house with plenty of windows to showcase the ocean and bring in the sun, Lucy introduced me to her friends. They all seemed a little skittish, one in particular. Bryan. He seemed the most intimidated by me, and I immediately saw why. He was totally in love with Lucy, it was obvious in the way he looked at her, the way he scrambled to get her a drink, or pull out her chair. I didn’t feel threatened by him, but I did feel jealous that he knew Lucy so well. God, what was I thinking?
I was having a good time at the barbeque, I got to know Lucy’s friends some more, even Bryan, to Lucy’s obvious amusement. I saw the looks he was making, it was so obvious he wanted Lucy to notice him. I wanted to give him a chance, so I decided it was time to go.
“Hey, I think it’s time for me to leave,” I whispered in Lucy’s ear.
“Ok, I’ll drive you,” it sounded like she wanted to spend more time with me, but I wasn’t sure if she was just being polite.
“No, it’s alright, I can walk. It’s not far from here,” I didn’t want her to think she absolutely had to come with me.
“I’ll come.” Boy, she was persistent.
“Are you sure? I mean, you don’t have to Lucy, I’ll be fine,” I figured I’d try one more time to let her know she wasn’t obligated to come. But she had already started walking, surprisingly in the right direction, so I ran to catch up to her and we walked in comfortable silence to my house. I was about to walk through the front door when I thought of something better.
“Listen Lucy… I had fun tonight. I haven’ had that much fun in a long time… It was nice. I feel like I know you, and tell me if I’m out of line ok? But I was wondering if you wanted to hang out tomorrow night, maybe go for dinner? I understand if you’re totally against that and that’s ok, I was ju-”
“I would love to Tyler,” she cut me off in the middle of my sentence, which was probably a good thing because I would have just kept right on blabbing, “I’ll see you soon then, ok?” She smiled at me, and it made my stomach jump.
“Yeah, yeah ok,” I smiled back, my heart soaring.
“Goodnight Tyler,” Lucy whispered. I ducked my head and kissed her softly on the cheek.
“Goodnight Lucy…” I whispered it back, turned around and walked through my front door. Thinking about tomorrow night gave me butterflies… Thinking about Lucy gave me butterflies.