Skater Girl

’What’s ya name’, she called out over her shoulder as she rode off, throwing it out to the wind only half caring if he answered, and even less if she heard. But that wasn’t the point. The thing was she’d said it, and there it hung, her words, forming shapes, telling stories and building possibilities that bounced off the summer heated cement of the skate park where he’d been watching her.

He didn’t call back, didn’t bother. Instead, as if watching himself, he let the words go, clear in the direct afternoon sun now bouncing hot off his eager brown face. ’I’m Tom’, he said, and releasing his name it sailed out over the fluff of his young blonde moustache, skimming low across tree tops and up into the blue where it hitched on a gust and was hurled even further, as if the end were fiction, as if destiny purposfully carried his name alone.

She slid to a stop. There was blood where she’d skated too fast and misjudged the turn, where her knee’s skin had opened, which she had hardly noticed till now. That was when she’d seen him, all legs, hair and eyes. She savoured that moment and stretched it out like she did when in the zone, when feet, board and air were a symphony of wild slow motion brumbies in stampeding unison.

But she noticed now something falling toward her, and catching it she looked, intently, as if looking were underrated and the pace of the world was finally revealed as a lie. Then, laying it out on the board’s surface and after a long moment, she carefully slid it under the lip of her pocket, committing it to her safety, and to the mystery and seduction of destiny.

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  • Trish O'Brien
    Trish O'Brienover 5 years ago

    Oh, not fair Robert – I want to keep reading! This is stunning, I want a whole book of yours to take to bed now! :-) x

  • LOL thats such a cool comment. This is only my third little short story thing ever…and the longest so far. So you might have to wait a bit for a book. I’m playing with ideas at the moment. I’ll keep working on it though :)))

    – Robert Knapman

  • Trish O'Brien
    Trish O'Brienover 5 years ago

    Please do keep writing – your work has an irresistable perfume to it – if that makes sense – it draws me in immediately and entrances me till the end. There is a perfect rhythm to it, in everything I’ve read of yours I’ve never had to go back and re-read in order to understand. I love your work, and look forward to the next exciting instalment! :-)

  • Trish, I am not sure if I could stop writing now even if I wanted to…it seems to be getting under my skin more and more. I do love to get rhythm and perfume into what I write…and I’m really flattered by your comments. Thanks .)

    – Robert Knapman

  • KristineNora
    KristineNoraover 5 years ago

    This I Love …it sooo makes me smile : ].I love…. words hanging in the air..moving in shapes with possibilities , bouncing ….as I have always done that ….it is how I write my music….a great write : ] k

  • Thanks Kristine – smiley one

    – Robert Knapman

  • BiographyofRed8
    BiographyofRed8over 5 years ago

    It is rather moreish writing, the more you read, the more you want of it, like with chocolate, once you start eating, you just want to come back for more.

  • Cheers Red. Keep them wanting drooling for more… :)

    – Robert Knapman

  • Jeffrey Hamilton
    Jeffrey Hamiltonover 5 years ago

    yep, very tasty morsel, left wanting more……..

  • Do you want more? Eh?

    – Robert Knapman

  • RaOrEmraeh
    RaOrEmraehover 5 years ago

    THIS IS SO FREAKING GREAT! I love it Robert from the actual story to the descriptive writing to the mystery. Perfection.

  • Thanks Cassidy. Appreciate that. Cheers :)

    – Robert Knapman

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    awesome wrting here robert…. great to give this one a read

  • Thanks Shoaib. Your writing is also brilliant.

    – Robert Knapman

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