Steff dived into the water. She really needed to be alone. Under the surface she stayed submerged holding her breath for as long as she could.
Today another girl had kissed her. Her friend Kate. What did it mean? Initially she was shocked, but then realised she had liked it. Kate and her had been friends for only a short time, but they had since become inseparable doing everything together. That afternoon they had both been lying on Kate’s bed talking about things in their life, and then suddenly Kate leaned in and the next thing Steff knew was that they were kissing. It was unexpected. Her whole body had suddenly felt electrified with Kate’s lips on hers and their skin touching… Suddenly feeling panicked she quickly ran out of the room and now, here she was under the water where she always went when she needed to be alone to think.
She had never felt anything for guys but had always assumed that one day she would meet one she liked and eventually they would get married and have kids etc, as was expected of her. She had never realised that maybe she was attracted to other girls, not until today that was. When Kate had kissed her what made her run away in shock was that for the first time in her life she had felt something. It was as though all this time she had been sleepwalking through her life and now she had awakened; no longer feeling dead inside like the unfeeling robot she seemed to be.
Steff emerged out of the cold water. There on the shore was Kate, waiting for her.
I originally wrote this for a prompt, but went way over the word limit. This was originally posted in October 2018. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be reposting some earlier stories along with some new ones.
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