“X-rated,” Kyle said through a smile.
“And you found it here in the park?” Carla asked, head poking out from behind her longboard to glance at the naked curves.
“Well,” Kyle began slowly. “I may have brought it from home.”
“I wanted to show you?”
“Why, in everything that is holy, did that seem like a good idea?” Carla dropped the longboard and skated down the pipe.
“Crap.” Kyle followed. When he reached the other side of the half pipe, he had enough self-preservation to look ashamed.
“You told me you were curious about ladies…maybe.”
Carla sighed. “That was a secret! My sexuality isn’t one of your games!”
A rite of passage story given a thoroughly modern makeover.
At the core of this story is a friendship between Carla and Kyle, both coming terms with the inevitable changes of adolescence.
There is an honesty and openness in their relationship that shines through the tricky subject matter.
Kyle’s curious to know more. Carla’s secure enough to start coming to terms with who she might be: strong enough to do so on her terms, rather than Kyle’s, but forgiving enough not to completely cut him out when he realises the mistake he’s made.
Carla’s a great character – I’d like to know more about her.
In today’s age, where x-rated material is so freely available to skew impressionable minds, it was reassuring to read a story that touches on this subject matter, but ultimately is about a boy and a girl getting to know each other as friends, rather than objects.
So while this piece of flash fiction stands by itself, it has the potential to withstand being fleshed out into something more substantial and longer. That’s why it made my top four.