Author’s Note: On the Daily Flash Writing Prompts group on Facebook, the prompt for the day was “It’s almost summer! That means beach and pool days, and cold drinks. Write about someone that hates all of those things. A vampire on vacation? A kid prone to getting sun burns? You tell me.” And honestly? How could I resist?
Isellta sat in a crouch at the shore’s edge, watching the waves come and go. Every time the cold water touched his toes, his large black wings would flap ecstatically.
Robin shuffled over to him. “Hey. I sure hope you ain’t plannin’ to go swimmin’.”
Isellta looked up at him and tilted his head. “Why?”
“Stupid fey. Your wings’ll get all waterlogged and pull you under. I’d have to rush in and rescue you.” He scoffed. “I can just see how well that would go. I’d get all day exhausted and lose consciousness. Stupid you would drown.”
“Umm. I don’t think fey can drown.”
“With you bein’ the way you are, you’d drown.”
“Hm. That is possible.” A bright smile came over Isellta’s face. “Sit next to me.”
Robin did so without any objections.
Isellta leaned his head against Robin’s arm. “I’m so happy.”
“ngh. Sun’s too darn bright and hot.” He kissed Isellta’s head. “But I’m happy too.”
Raven looked at the swimsuit Missy had picked out for him.
He stared at it and stared at it.
It did not disappear as he had hoped.
He gingerly picked it up as if it were a rotting bird carcass.
He thought about putting it on.
He also thought about getting staked.
Both were equally fun to his way of thinking.
Missy entered his hotel room. “Hey! What’s taking so long? Huh? You aren’t dressed yet.”
She said plenty more after that, but Raven took one look at her bikini and his mind just up and broke on him. He just stood there shaking his head.
“I could help you get dressed if you want.”
He turned to stare at the framed picture of an octopus and a starfish. It made him feel much better. “There is no need for you to do so, Missy.”
“Then, come on! Get dressed! The ocean is out there waiting for us.” She wrapped her arms around him.
The black Speedo fell out of his fingers. “Missy. I…I am not comfortable. I…”
“Hm. What if I put a cover up on? Would that make you feel better?”
“Good!” She released him and smacked his bottom. “Get dressed.” She left the room.
He picked up the bit of black material. “More like undressed. Completely undressed.”
Raven sighed and slowly pulled off his white gloves.
Ambrose lay face down on the beach blanket. He stretched his arms along the sides of his head.
Don’t pay attention to the blazing sun.
Be glad for the oversized umbrella thing shading me.
Just breathe. In and out. In and out.
The neverending sound of the rushing waves relaxed him.
In and out.
The scent of semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla bean revived him. He slowly raised his head and opened his eyes.
Barbara knelt before him. “You okay?”
“Do you want to go back inside?”
He carefully shook his head. “wanna be with you.”
She slid her fingers into his hair and fluffed out the sand.
He pressed his head up against her hands.
She giggled. “You really are like a kitten.”
Ambrose smiled sleepily. “brat.”
He closed his eyes. “love you too…”