When is the last time you tried skipping stones? For me, it’s been years since I attempted to bounce a rock off a body of water. While I have a bunch of fantastic memories of searching for the smoothest stones, I also vividly remember standing on the edge of various bodies of water, trying to perfect my toss. Despite these recollections, I cannot recall my best throw, or the number of times it bounced off the smooth surface.
Earlier this month when I selected this prompt, marrying it with Lucas’s story seemed like a straightforward choice, considering his previous tale, Creature. While Ricky can generate some fun situations for Lucas to overcome, I wanted something more substantial with this micro-narrative. Fortunately, my mind flew into overdrive, connecting multiple pieces of Lucas’s character. Reaching back to Lucas’s initial story Tattooed Home, since he’s capable of creating permanent homes for ghosts via his tattoos, he doesn’t want the world to know. And that was all I needed to develop this brief escapade.
This time, Lucas brings an old friend to a nearby river to skip stones. Come, sit down and allow me to give you a mini-escape and kindle your imagination.
Lucas plucked a stack of rocks from the table, tossing the smallest into the air. When it landed in his palm, he rose and shoved his thumb over his shoulder at the calm stream behind him. “Alicia, have you ever skipped stones?”
With a smirk, she snatched the remaining pile. “It’s not an activity that comes around often.”
Lucas stepped away from the table and bowed, gesturing at the winding river. “It is a soothing experience, wouldn’t you agree?”
Alicia sauntered toward the shore and flung one of her rocks. It hung over the surface briefly before bouncing off the tranquil stream, hopping over a patch of water. After two additional skips, the rock plummeted into the depths. She whirled around, lifting three fingers. “That was a decent toss.”
“You did well.”
Alicia batted her eyes and licked her lips. “Can you match my throw?”
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