Drabble: Swimming in Winter
He was on his way home when he saw his neighbour walk into the lake.
“Hey!” he yelled as he ran towards her, pulling off his scarf and coat along the way. By the time he reached the edge of the lake, his neighbour was already waist deep in the freezing water.
She turned around to face him. A hand reached up to pull down the collar of her… wetsuit so it no longer covered her mouth.
Wetsuit? This was planned? Who swam in winter?
A wry smile curled her lips. “I do.”
His cheeks warmed as he realised he said the last thought out loud.
“Go home. I know what I’m doing,” his neighbour continued and pulled the collar back up to cover her mouth and nose.
“Worry about yourself first. Your lips are turning blue,” she said as she waded in deeper.
At the reminder, he looked down to the extra layers he had thrown to the ground when he thought he would need to dive into the lake to save someone. By the time he looked up, she was gone.
* * *
“What took you so long?” a mermaid asked underwater.
“Neighbour,” said the human in a wetsuit, “Now, where’s this auction you talked about?”