As the day drew to a close and the lake guests went their separate ways, Devon and Amber pulled themselves out of the water to rest lazily on the dock and watch the sun set. It wasn’t often they got to enjoy those quiet moments together as the lake grew busier and the responsibilities of their lives pulled them elsewhere, so they made sure to enjoy the sunsets they could. They knew life was too short to squander those fleeting moments.
It had been another magical day. They’d each saved a couple lives as they patrolled the water. Their assistance had been vital for the young and old alike. Sometimes all that was required was a push towards shore to get little legs back on solid ground. Sometimes it was a steadying hand or calming influence for tiring bodies. Sometimes it was giving someone a boost up from the depths when too much playing had sent them floundering below. Whatever the need, the couple were their to offer aid.
When not needed elsewhere, Devon and Amber were able to steal moments together to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the cooling kiss of the water, their touch, their companionship. Then duty would call and they would rush off again to help one of the visitors, one of the many thankless tasks of their daily lives. Sometimes the youngest ones would know enough to say thank you, but it was a rare occurrence and seemed to be getting even more scarce with each new sunrise.
From their perch on the dock, as they reflected on the day, their arms intertwined, their bodies leaning towards each other, they marveled at the stillness of the lake. So many people were playing, splashing, rowing, swimming, from sun up until the moments before it set into the horizon that the lake seemed normal only when it was choppy. It was easy to forget that calm was normal too.
That didn’t deter them from letting their fins dip into the water to create a few tiny ripples swirling away from them as they kissed. Then they slipped back into the water as the sun disappeared to rest up for the next day. The ripples in the water were the only evidence they had been there at all.
Since I was a bit late this week, and had already read a couple other responses, I wanted to do something a bit different. Hopefully, you didn’t catch on that they weren’t human until the very end. Anyway, this was my response to this week’s Once More with Feeling prompt provided moi.
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