Searching for a bargain, a shopper unwittingly falls into some else’s love life.
I don’t know how long I sat there like that, but suddenly I felt a presence standing on the beach beside me. I looked up into the eyes of a beautiful young girl who was probably twenty years old at the most. She wore a Catalina style one-piece bathing suit that showed off her spectacular curves, a pair of flip-flops, and carried a vinyl cooler bag, her towel rolled underneath its strap.
“Hello, darling,” she said, “have you been waiting long?”
“Only forever,” I said with a laugh and she sat down beside me, close, the way I liked it. She opened up the cooler bag and took out two bottles of Coca-Cola and a bottle opener. She opened them up, handed one to me and we sat there peacefully, contented, sipping our sodas.
Later we swam and splashed, and laughed, and beneath the surface of the water my hands teased and explored as she alternately blushed and flirted. An older couple sitting side by side in the shade of their umbrella looked at us and nodding their heads, shared a whispered joke and smiled knowingly.
As the afternoon sun began to fade into dusk we rose from our haven on the beach and began to walk toward the boardwalk. As we climbed the steps from the sand, I realized that I was now wearing a pair of khaki shorts, a blue and white striped T-shirt and a pair of penny loafers with no socks. She wore a simple, yellow strapless sundress that billowed gracefully around her knees in the gentle breeze coming in off the surf, and sandals. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail and seemed to sparkle in the last rays of the setting sun. There were other couples strolling the boardwalk and, occasionally a kid on a bike, even though bicycles on the boardwalk were prohibited. We walked hand in hand, just enjoying one another’s company until the aromas flowing out into the night air from a little Italian restaurant along side the boardwalk overpowered our senses.
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