The very first leaves had begun to turn red. It wasn’t like the entire tree had turned either. Just an impatient few crimson raced to welcome September before August had run its course. It was a sign, however, understood by a few of the more observant children, but known all too well by teachers. School days were about to return, and at this very edge of summer, every moment relaxation and calm was to be treasured.
The weather was still warm, and the sky mostly clear with only a few clouds to cast shade. The beach beckoned. The water was still pleasant, and the sands inviting. So off the couple went to the coast in search of some quality time before lesson plans and homework marking intervened.
Parking wasn’t easy to find, and it took a few passes along the Marine Parade to find an appropriate spot. The metre paid, and the towels gathered they made their way to the promenade. Sand-covered children darted to and fro amongst the wind-breaks and parasols. For the moment, a seat upon a sea facing bench seemed the thing to do.
He went to the kiosk and bought a couple of Whippy cones with Flakes, and returned to the bench. Sun upon their faces, they enjoyed the creamy delight, as they watched the swooping of the gulls. As she cuddled in next to him all was bliss, say for the inescapable dread of this tranquility being broken by the awful greeting, “Hello Sir.” Fortunately, the salutation was avoided on this occasion, and ice creams finished, the couple made their way to the sand.
Just chilling, and living in each other’s presence, the day passed lazily and with a cool sea breeze rising, they left their beach haven and made their way to a fish and chips shop. A battered cod for him, and scampi for her, they picked at a few chips shared as well.
As the sun dipped landward to the West, they remarked on the wonderful day, and the possibility of an Indian summer in which they might make just one more visit before autumn truly arrived.
Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge August 20, 2019: Use the phrase “edge of summer” in a poem or short piece of prose.