Fall leaves captured by a lonesome wind danced above the ripples of the clear mountain lake.
He had been poised by the edge for some time now.
When it was warmer and he was younger, he could stand here spellbound for hours.
It had been enough to be near the lake’s beauty.
He was always attracted to the sun rays bouncing off the surface.
He was always attracted to the shimmer.
Every so often, he had summoned his courage to wade out and dip below the surface.
The experience always left him wanting. The shimmer never greeted him among the depths.
The edge of an inbound wind bit into his cheeks snapping him out of days gone by, reminding him of past disappointments. It would be easy to turn his back and return to his car with the promise of his warm home that lay just around the bend.
Sunset was just hours away. The window to yield to temptation, to take a risk once again was closing as quickly as the falling temperature.
“I am not old yet he thought.”
He let his cloths drop at the edge of the lake and stepped forward.
An exercise in writing inspired by the Daily Post.