Summer Dreaming

Posted on | January 7, 2011 | 4 Comments |

Flash Fiction Friday Challenge

Use the picture above to write a flash fiction of 106-206 words. Use this phrase in your submission: “…droplets of [[any noun you choose]]…”

Summer Dreaming

It was too damned hot. Too hot to think. Too hot to sleep. Too hot to remain in the humid, sweaty, indoors.

She flung back the clammy bedsheets and wandered, naked, through the lounge and kitchen to the back door. As she stepped out into the night-time she felt the pathway radiating residual warmth through her soles, and she smiled at the contrast between that and the light, flickering breeze.  Her nipples perked as her skin enjoyed the intermittent cool, and she smiled. This was a far better place to rest than the bed indoors.

Stretching out on the pavement, feeling small pebbles indenting her flesh, she relaxed. Dozed. Dreamed of lapping tongues and ocean waves.

She awoke in sensory overload, shocked and uncertain, droplets of cold smashing into her skin. The torrent washed away her dream, washed away the heat and the sweat. She gasped and gulped, then whooped and hollered, then lost herself completely as the cool came down and washed her away into drenched oblivion.

168 words.

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4 Responses to “Summer Dreaming”

  1. Lexi
    January 8th, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    This was nice. I’ve been in pretty much this exact position, although I never fell asleep outdoors and woke up in the rain. The story made me feel happy, refreshed, pretty much the way the rain would make me feel.

  2. Dee
    January 8th, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Thanks Lexi! I really like being naked in the summer rain. This image really resonated with me, so it was easy to write :)

    xx Dee

  3. France
    January 9th, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    I also agree, it felt refreshing to read this. Made me think of hot summer nights, where I wish I wasn’t so scared of critters and spiders to pull up a mat and sleep under the stars. :)

  4. Dee
    January 10th, 2011 @ 5:24 am

    Thank you, France! There aren’t too many critters here in NZ to worry about (quite a few spiders, though, but nothing really poisonous). Still, who wants to be mosquito’d?

    xx Dee


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