Dick Waters is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:
by Dick Waters
It was cooler than the last few nights, but like the other nights, we could smell smoke from camp fires across the lake. The crickets were talking to each other, and we could only hear parts of cabin conversations.
The moon was finally rising, which is what we were waiting for. It’s more fun to skinny dip when we can disturb the moonbeam on the calm lake surface. We also know the nights we do this, there are many people watching us. We’ve heard them…
“They’re at it again.”
“I can’t believe they think we can’t see them.”
“I wonder if the pictures will come out?”
“Makes me want to be young again and even join them.”
“Sam, you’ve had the binoculars long enough, it’s my turn.”
“I looked at the calendar, and the good news, tonight is a full moon. There’s no way we will be hidden even if we wanted to. Sandy, do you want to skip tonight?”
“Why? We wait all winter to come up here, and tonight will be a gorgeous full moon. Just think of all the excitement we’re going to create. You’re the one who suggested floor to ceiling windows when we remodeled the cabin. The views are spectacular in many ways.”
“Hon, if this is what we do in our seventies, what will we do in our eighties?”
“I’m not going to say, but let’s not walk to the water tonight with our canes, it kind of ruins the mood.