It sat there tranquil, inviting and surrounded by thick vegetation. They said that it was like the fountain of youth. All you had to do was get into the water and totally submerge yourself. The only thing is that you don’t stay in too long. She removed her clothes. She had made up her mind to do this and wasn’t going to back out now. She wanted to look younger again for Nick. Nick. He was the new bartender at the roadside bar she liked to drop by on a Friday night before heading home after a hectic day at the office.
The first time she saw him, she knew he was the man for her. The trouble was, he was ten years her junior. He was friendly towards her but she wanted him to notice her. When she showed him a photo of herself when she was in her twenties, he exclaimed, “You were one hot looking lady.” She wanted to look like that again for him. He was worth it, all six feet two inches of him.
Smiling, she stepped into the water and swam a little distance. It felt like regular water. Cool against the skin. She rose to the surface and tread the water for a while before flipping onto her back to gaze up at the sky. It felt so good but she remembered that she mustn’t stay in too long. Reluctantly, she swam to the embankment and climbed out. She lay on her back to dry off.
She must have dozed off because she awoke to sound of voices. She opened her eyes and was startled to see a man and a woman standing over her. Who were they? She had never seen them before. They were staring at her. She heard the woman say, “What should we do? We can’t leave her here.”
“You’re right. Maybe we should take her to the police station.”
What on earth were they talking about? She opened her mouth to say something but instead of words, she made gurgling sounds. Panicking, she tried to get up but she couldn’t.
“Oh, look, I think she wants to be picked up,” the woman exclaimed and reaching down, she picked her up. “Oh, isn’t she adorable?”
Her heart sank. It was then that she realized that she had stayed in the water too long. Instead of becoming younger, she had become an infant again. By the time she reached the age she was before this horrible mishap, Nick would be an old man.
I wrote this story for the #writephoto Prompt – Tranquil at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo.