We’re swimming in the local pool. Everyone’s there, it’s a hot day. I’m swimming laps with a couple friends, racing back and forth.
Then he’s there.
We’re all talking over in the shallow end. I’m up against the corner and he’s on my left. The group is circled around. I don’t remember the conversation. I remember him.
He’s not sitting close, but his arm is under the water near me. He strokes my knee with the side of his finger. I look up at him and I meet his eyes. He’s smirking a little, forcing his dimples out, and there’s a little gleam in his eye.
I smile back at him and continue talking to our friends.
Then his toe presses against mine. Not roughly, just soft, a tap, just a small gesture of physical contact. - A secret under the water.
He knows how much it means, just a small reassurance that someone’s there right beside you. A small reminder someone cares. Someone loves you.
I reach across underwater and link a few fingers with his.
He squeezes back. Then I wake up. Alone.