“So, this is where you hide out,” she teased. “It’s nice and quiet but very secluded. I don’t think I’d come here by myself.”
“It’s safe during the day. I don’t advise anyone to come here in the night. You never know who would be lurking in those bushes watching you.”
“Are you trying to scare me?”
“So, how are things between Carmela and you?”
“Not good. She’s jealous and suspicious all the time.”
“Maybe she doesn’t trust you.”
“You’re right, she doesn’t trust me when it comes to other women, especially you.”
“Me?” Senait exclaimed. “Why especially me?”
“She thinks that we spend too much time together and she still doesn’t believe that we’re just friends.”
“Well, we are. You need to convince her of that.”
“I’ve tried, believe me, but for some reason, she feels threatened by you.”
“I don’t know why all of the guys I know, their girlfriends don’t like them hanging out with me. They all seem to think that I’d steal them away or something.”
“It could have something to do with your looks, Senait.”
“Are you kidding me? Senait, you’re gorgeous!”
“If that’s the case how come none of you guys ever hit on me?”
He shrugged. “We respect you,” he said. “And besides, you’re our friend. Friends don’t hit on friends, no matter how amazing they look.”
“Well, I can’t help the way I look,” she said. “But if it will make Carmela happy, maybe you and I should stop seeing each other.”
Antonio shook his head. “No,” he said. “Your friendship means a lot to me and I’m not going to give it up for anyone.”
Touched, she said, “Okay. We won’t stop seeing each other, if that’s what you really want.”
“It is. Now, let’s go for that swim.”
“Okay. She removed her tee shirt and jeans.
He quickly removed his clothes. His eyes traveled over her bikini clad body and he turned abruptly away. He stood on the embankment, looking down at the tranquil water before plunging into it. It felt nice and cool against his skin. He surfaced and waved at her. “Come on it.” he called.
She walked over to the embankment and sat down. After a slight hesitation, she slid down into the water. It feel nice. She swam over to him. “I can see why you come here a lot,” she remarked when she reached him. “You don’t have to deal with crowds like you do at the beach. And it’s so quiet.”
“Yes, it is.”
“Have you ever brought Carmela here?”
“She wouldn’t like it. The beach is more her thing.”
“What do you see in her?”
Antonio looked surprised. “Where did that come from?” he asked.
“What? It’s just a question.”
“You don’t like her, do you?”
“She isn’t your type.”
“And what exactly is my type.”
“You ought to know.”
“I’ll race you back. On your mark, ready, set, go!” And she was off.
He easily passed her and reached the embankment first. “Do you want to race again?” he asked when she reached him.
“Okay. On your mark, ready, set go!” and they swam back to the spot where they were before and then back again to the embankment. This time, she climbed out of the water and collapsed on the ground, her chest heaving.
He climbed out too and lay beside her. “You’re out of shape,” he said.
“I’m not out of shape,” she denied. “You’re just a better swimmer.”
He grinned. “Thank you.”
Senait rolled onto her stomach and looked down at him. “Do you love Carmela?”
He shook his head. “No.”
“Then, why are you with her?”
He studied her. “Does it bother you that I’m with her?”
Senait looked away.
He reached out and touched her arm. It felt smooth. “It does, doesn’t it?”
“Do you know why I’m with her?”
“It’s because I can’t be with you.”
“Why can’t you be with me?”
“You want us to be just friends.”
“I thought that was what you wanted.”
His eyes darkened. “It isn’t,” he admitted. “You don’t know how many times I wanted to tell you how I really feel about you but I didn’t want to jeopardize our friendship.”
“And so you decided to go out with a girl who isn’t right for you?”
“I went out with her because she didn’t want to be just friends with me.”
“I don’t want to be just friends with you, Antonio. I’ve always wanted to be more but I didn’t think that you did. And when you started dating Carmela, I was sure that you didn’t.”
“Senait, why do you think Carmela is so threatened by you? She could tell that I have feelings for you. I might be able to hide them from you but I can’t hide them from her.”
“So, what do you think we should do?”
“I think we should become more than friends,” he said. He was caressing her back now.
“What about Carmela?”
“I’ve already broken up with her.”
Senait’s eyes widened. “What? When?”
“A couple of days ago.”
“How did she take it?”
“How do you think?”
“No, you’re not.”
“You’re right, I’m not.” She could hardly think straight with him caressing her back like that. “So, what do you want to do now? Go for another swim or grab something to eat?”
“I have a much better idea,” he murmured as he reached up and pulled her face down to his.
This story was written for the #writephoto Prompt – Tranquil at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo.