This is a new post that I entered on ReadWave for their 500 word challenge with the prompt of "a summer you'll never forget."
There wasn’t anything better than watching the sun set behind the trees. I loved those moments when I had already showered and dressed for the night out with friends and I’d sit on the porch to watch the sun slowly go down and the colors shift until the blue of the night started to creep in on me. Then I’d listen for the night sounds and for the cars coming down the road. Jen would pick me up and we’d head out for an evening of friends, cold beer and dancing to music that poured out of cars and trucks all parked along the grassy area down the road. The dark was sometimes moon lit and other times lit by a small bonfire. I’d watch to see if his truck was there or if I recognized his silhouette or deep laugh. He was always smiling, always happy, always had a kind word and a wink for me when we met up. What I wouldn’t do for a date with him. But he was older by two years and although we said “Hi” each time we saw each other I couldn’t shake the feeling he thought I was just a kid. When you’re a teenager, two years seems like an incredibly big difference. Still each time, my excitement grew and just a wink or a smile was good enough for me. Jen would tease me mercilessly asking if I got my smile yet. She had her own silhouette she followed on those dark nights hoping for her own dream boy.
During the day we swam, tanned and drank lemonade while dreaming of someday having a date with our dream boys. We never saw the boys much during the day. They were off fixing their trucks, working at part-time jobs or just playing sports and hanging out with each other. Almost midway through the summer on a hot steamy day, I hung on to the side of the pool with my eyes closed enjoying the cool water and the sun on my face when a shadow blocked the sun. I opened my eyes and squinted up to see that familiar silhouette standing above me. As my eyes adjusted, I saw his big smile and heard him say, “Mind if I join you?” Stunned, I stumbled over my words saying “of course” but that didn’t make sense and I apologized, feeling like I made a fool of myself. My face burned but not because of the sun. He sat at the edge of the pool then slipped in smoothly and swam to the other side of the pool. I just watched him as he swam and then he came up right beside me, his green eyes glistening from the water and he smiled. He said, “I’m glad I came by here today. I get to see you.” Not knowing what to say I just smiled and he said “it’s okay that you’re shy, I still want to take you out tonight. Will you come to see a movie with me?” My dream had come true and I was a nervous nut, I blurted out louder than needed “Yes, I’ll go with you.” He laughed because he knew he was making me nervous. Then I laughed too and we both swam off across the pool.