Flash Fiction Friday
She pretended to be disinterested in him as he cleaned the pool. Gabby hid behind her dark shades as she sunbathed on the lounger, all the while watching his muscles flex with each scoop of the net. He looked her way, and she forced a yawn, shifting slightly under the hot sun.
She wore her brand new black string bikini and knew she looked good. He looked good, too, in his aqua blue speedo, which barely covered what it both concealed and showcased. The problem was that Fabio knew he had a great body, so Gabby did her best to pretend not to notice. Her friends assured her that the quickest way to gain his interest was to feign indifference. From the sideways glances being shot in her direction, it would seem her plan was working.
“I hope you have on sunscreen, Gabs.”
The comment startled her, and she tilted her head to gaze at him over her sunglasses. “I’m trying to tan, so wouldn’t that be defeating that purpose?”
He made a tasking sound as he continued in his endeavor, smiling at her over his shoulder. “You’re too pale and will burn.”
She scoffed but appreciated his bronze skin. She would kill to have his skin tone, but instead had to deal with a shade slightly off from cotton candy. “You know I hate that nickname.” She glared at him and then closed her eyes. Maybe she should look into getting one of those fake spray on tans.
“Why do you want leather for skin, when you should be pleased with satin?”
The nearness of his voice jolted her eyes open, and she sat up. Forgetting that the strings of her top were undone, her breasts spilled out for his view. Horrified, her mouth fell open in shock. “Oh my God!”
Fabio’s hand darted out and grabbed the strings, hooking them around her neck before she had a chance to react. His hands stayed behind her neck as he sat on the lounger beside her.
“Such a pretty color in your cheeks. Don’t be embarrassed by your own beauty, Gabs.”
She stared into his eyes, for the first time not disliking the nickname he had created for her. He made it sound like an endearment, and she smiled. “Thank you, Fabio.”
He nodded, and they both realized their relationship had changed from that moment on.