Skipping Stones~ A Short Story

Out of all the places, why had his mother sent him to stay with his Aunt Maude. He didn’t know anyone in this neighbourhood and didn’t want to go out and get some fresh air as his Aunt kept telling him… He’d much sooner sit and read, and stay in his room.

He didn’t belong here, and what’s more he didn’t want to stay here, as he threw yet another stone into the water. Finally giving way to his Aunts nagging he had gone to explore. He’d walked aimlessly until he found himself at the edge of the lake.

‘Dam!’, he thought, why couldn’t adults just tell you what was going on, instead of all the whispering. Why didn’t they just come out and tell him, instead of thinking they were trying to protect him. He knew things were far from right at home. Why send him all this way, out-of-the-way. Why treat him as if he was a child… He was 15 and still he got treated as if he was in kindergarten.

‘Dam his Dad!’, he thought as he lobbed yet another stone into the water. Bending he picked up another handful of stones. He knew his parents were getting a divorce but why send him out all this way for the Summer. What was wrong with him, why did his Dad want a new family, why didn’t he want to be with him.

 Why can’t things be like they were, why did he go and leave, and why did his Mother get sick?… He’d tried his best to comfort his Mother, but it had been hard, she was never a strong woman, and her health had always been fragile, but now they said it was her mind that was fragile, and she needed to rest… He knew he could take care of her.

‘Dam! Dam! …DAM!’ … as stone  after stone splashed the surface of the lake.

He’d only been with his Aunt for 4 days and already he disliked all he’d seen. The town, if you could call it a town was a main street of different shops, the usual hardware and Liquor stores, and a small cafe, the library and the Sheriff’s Office and the Church. And that was it as far as he could see

 He’d walked down to the library yesterday with his Aunt who had got him a couple of books out for him to read which he’d chosen. Later while his Aunt Maude had some shopping to do he had walked to where the school-house was. It had looked dull and run down from the outside it needed a lick of paint, there was no life as it was a Saturday and school holidays didn’t start until next week… He thought about the few friends he had back home. Well at least he had started his long Summer break one week earlier before them he thought.

 He couldn’t see any Parkland, but he had yet to explore further, and from the looks of things there was nothing worth doing around here. The only life he’d seen was yesterday Market day when the Town seemed to buzz into life as people from the outskirts set up their stalls and brought in their wares to sell, and he’d had to endure being dragged around by his Aunt, who had taken pains to introduce him to what seemed every woman in town… God how embarrassing was that.

‘Dam this place’… Splashed another pebble.

It was then he heard the noise behind him, he stopped throwing the stones to look around from the lakes edge to find a Girl staring at him half hidden in the bushes. As soon as she saw him she came out into the open… She smiled, but he wasn’t in the mood for smiling, and as he had one pebble left in his hand he thought he’d try his hand at skimming it. He had been quite good back home, but the shape wasn’t too good and as his eyes followed, it bounced twice.

 Arrh well. at least it bounced he thought.

He shielded his eyes from the Sun to take a better look at the Girl who looked a similar age to himself., She looked kind of ragged, with rolled up trousers which had a few holes in them and none too clean either by the looks as she had stains all over them, and on her hands.

 Her hair was caught back in a ponytail. The Sunlight played on her face, he saw a fresh complexion and a smirk on her lips. She smiled as she came out into the open she bent down near the water’s edge and retrieved something from the ground, to then bend back and arch her body to throw a pebble of her own across the water….

 ‘Wow’ he thought she can throw, as the pebble flew at chest height out across the lake to bounce, one,.. two,… three and yes just a fourth time as it skipped across the smooth surface.. ‘Hummm he thought Not bad for a girl’.

He watched her grinning back, and he acknowledges her grin by raising his hand to his forehead to Salute back. As he turned back into the thicket, he smiled to himself. ‘Humm maybe it wasn’t going to be so boring after all!’……

© Sue Dreamwalker 2010 All rights reserved.

This was part of a larger story I wrote 6 years ago,  still archived which I have recently revisited to edit..  I thought a change is often as good as a rest as they say.  And thought you may like this little interlude of a Short Story.. And I may well expand upon it in the future.  Who Knows?..

Wishing you ALL a wonderful Weekend..

~Sue~

 

The Picture Credit is from Google Sources  Link HERE.

 

94 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heartafire
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 19:59:28

    Oh this is so lovely Sue. I hope you will continue to gift us with this story. It is heartwarming and reminds us sometimes things are not so bad!❤

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  2. Writing to Freedom
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 19:59:40

    Fun story Sue. It might be time to go skip some stones. Dam! 🙂

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  3. Erika Kind
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 20:04:59

    That is a very lovely story and I am already curious how it continues, Sue 😊

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  4. balroop2013
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 21:03:13

    Hi Sue, I can see some fun and joyous moments in the life of this teenager, so disappointed with his circumstances. Waiting for more…
    Thanks for a refreshing change🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 10, 2016 @ 14:11:48

      And I thank you Balroop for your feedback.. I had not intended a follow up.. But with the generous comments I found today.. One may have to follow up at some point in the near future🙂 So thank you my friend❤

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  5. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 21:10:47

    Lovely story Sue! I found it just when I was about to sit for my meditation. How perfect. I can visualize very well what you wrote here. Happy writing my friend xo Ka

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  6. Paul Handover
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 22:02:22

    Sue, I have said it before and, no doubt, I will say it again in the future: You write so incredibly well!

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  7. vanbytheriver
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 22:29:57

    It sounds very promising, Sue. Hope you continue the story. ☺

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  8. belasbrightideas
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 22:32:45

    😉

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  9. Mark Lanesbury
    Aug 04, 2016 @ 23:44:30

    Aha! So what your telling me is I should go searching in a strange land for rock skimming ladies by the lake to perk me back up and start an adventure Sue?
    Now wouldn’t that be a story 😀
    A great read my friend, thank you 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 10, 2016 @ 14:07:35

      Hahaha.. Big chuckles here Mark.. as I laugh out loud my friend.. haha… So loved your comment my friend.. I am sure there are many ladies ‘down-under’ wishing they had an adventure, they perhaps are just waiting to be asked!!🙂 Thank you so much for reading and for the smiles you brought today xx🙂

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  10. litebeing
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 02:15:10

    Thanks for the lovely share. This story is very engaging. I hope you have a great weekend too. August already, wow!

    big hugs,
    Linda

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  11. Val Boyko
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 02:32:13

    I love the freshness and anticipation. What a great start to the story Sue! It pulls your in and is totally believable ☺️

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  12. Joss
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 03:53:12

    a delightful story with more to come? yes, please.

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  13. Beverley
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 07:57:35

    very cute. I need to keep writing and leave the editing for someone else or later.

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  14. David
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 08:27:29

    I always envied the story tellers of old sitting round the camp fire and inspiring and sometimes frightening the group with their tales of mystery and intrigue, wishing I could do the same! You though are the master story teller dear Sue, more please. Love, David

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 10, 2016 @ 13:59:51

      Thank you dear David.. it started when the eldest of Five I would make up stories to tell my brother and sisters at bedtime.. I would string a story out for months LOL..🙂 of goblins and fairies, I did a few tales on witches, lol, but my little sister had nightmares..🙂 So they got changes to magic people..🙂 Many thanks for your lovely compliments David..🙂 I appreciate them..

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  15. derrickjknight
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 08:31:54

    Engaging and insightful

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 10, 2016 @ 13:56:43

      Many thanks Derrick.. so pleased you enjoyed the interlude of a short story.. Apologies in the delay in answering you.. As a gardener you will understand, the veggie plot has been priority this last week.. Along with some walking which I hope to share soon..🙂

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  16. writersdream9
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 11:37:10

    A lovely tale!

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  17. voulaah
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 13:07:51

    it is always a pleasure to read your nice story sue
    thank you for good share
    kisses

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  18. prenin
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 14:44:05

    Good work Sue!🙂

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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  19. IreneDesign2011
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 14:51:06

    Lovely story Sue🙂
    You should think serious about publishing your stories. You are writing so very well.
    Enjoy your weekend, I wish you beautiful outdoor weather.
    Love❤ Irene

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  20. dgkaye
    Aug 06, 2016 @ 00:20:45

    6 years? Sue, this is beautifully written and certainly has the makings for a book!🙂 xo

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  21. Visionkeeper
    Aug 06, 2016 @ 01:05:20

    Wonderful words DW…Sometimes that irritating push from someone else is all we need to get ourselves going in a new direction. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend to you my friend. Hugs…VK❤

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  22. New Bloggy Cat
    Aug 06, 2016 @ 04:22:31

    What a beautiful story, Sue! You’re so gifted. Love & blessings, Pat ♡(ŐωŐ人)

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  23. inavukic
    Aug 06, 2016 @ 05:15:39

    The girl saved the day, so to speak🙂 XX

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  24. Renee Espriu
    Aug 07, 2016 @ 00:35:53

    There is something to be said for ‘living in the moment’ but better to not get stuck there. Well written my friend. We all need something to pull us back around don’t we.🙂

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  25. Eddie Two Hawks
    Aug 07, 2016 @ 15:24:48

    May peace thrive in the lives of all peoples.

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  26. sriramjanak
    Aug 08, 2016 @ 07:52:33

    Oh so lovely Dear Sue…:-)

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  27. insearchofitall
    Aug 08, 2016 @ 15:29:22

    So on target with teens, Sue. Well done. Yes, you could build on this quite nicely. I love short stories. I think that’s why I like anthologies. I can read a complete story each night and relax into sleep. I’ve a lot of catching up to do. Giant hugs my friend.

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  28. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Aug 09, 2016 @ 08:17:32

    Lovely description, Sue. I was feeling sorry for the boy and then you introduced the girl so simply yet beautifully…🙂 I would be happy if you continue with the rest of the story…🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 10, 2016 @ 14:26:43

      Thank you dear Maniparna.. Yes the start of the boys holiday did look a little gloomy, but I am sure it will progress to an amazing adventure🙂 And I so thank you for your feed back. Love and Blessings.. Sue x

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  29. The Coastal Crone
    Aug 10, 2016 @ 19:56:41

    A lovely story for summer! Well done!

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  30. Lynz Real Cooking
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 15:56:24

    Love this story!

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  31. Teagan Geneviene
    Aug 12, 2016 @ 00:18:24

    Thanks for this charming story, Sue. Huge hugs.

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  32. aussieian2011
    Aug 12, 2016 @ 10:34:46

    I believe I may have read this beginning when you first wrote it Sue, I could be wrong, it does sound familiar, I think it needs to be continued Sue, you have created the imagery for the setting, now let us know what ensues with its continuation.
    Cheers

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 12, 2016 @ 18:05:29

      Hi Ian.. You would not be wrong my friend and what a great memory too..🙂 I hope you are well Ian.. And I need to get my writing head in gear again for a follow up🙂 But as so many have expressed such interest.. I will have to get cracking..🙂

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  33. Tom Merriman
    Aug 12, 2016 @ 20:11:51

    Yes, Sue, a change is as good as a rest. A nice story. I can feel the boy’s hurt, but he has found some light within his own darkness. It would be interesting to see how this story develops!

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  34. Maria F.
    Aug 13, 2016 @ 03:25:46

    Great story Sue! What a lesson. I remember living through times like these.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 13, 2016 @ 15:19:28

      So sorry you too had to experience such an emotional journey Maria.. And thank you my friend for catching up on so many of my posts.. I so very much appreciate your time and comments Maria xxx❤

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  35. smilecalm
    Aug 13, 2016 @ 19:41:37

    makes me fondly
    imagine being
    skipped, happily
    before the sinking🙂

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  36. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Aug 17, 2016 @ 13:54:22

    He was 15 and still he got treated as if he was in kindergarten…Isn’t that what every teenager feels? Loved the soft touch and the way you’ve described the two teenagers in the story. Look forward to the next part.🙂

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