Fiction

The Surfer

Matthew Donnellon
The Inkwell

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She moved through the water in a way few could.

She’d always been a natural. Some said she was born on a surfboard.

She was surrounded by blue water and sea foam, not another person in sight.

The secluded beach was her dream, all the best places were usually crowded.The tourists moving in on her spots didn’t help.

But she heard a rumor that there was a nice, remote spot well away from all the gawkers. It was a bit of a drive, hours from her usual haunts. You couldn’t even get to it by road.

She hiked a half mile through the forest with her board and her pack, the trees opening to the small paradise.

She couldn’t believe it. It was perfect. The forest gave way to a small section of beach and there was no one in sight.

She dropped her pack on the sand and raced into the coming surf. She caught a few waves. It was magical, not having to wait for anyone.

She paddled in and gathered some driftwood for a little fire. She lighted it using some crumbled newspaper from her backpack.

Within a few minutes, she had a nice little blaze going. She cooks eggs for a late breakfast with some bread toasted over the open fire.

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Matthew Donnellon
The Inkwell

Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.