She stood on the beach, mittened hands pushed deep into the pockets of her winter coat as she gazed at the sparkling sea. Gulls cried overhead, floating and swooping against the blue sky. A gust of air blew in her face, making her burrow her chin into her scarf. A dog barked from somewhere further back; no doubt its owner had taken it out for a walk, making the most of the sunshine. The barking got louder and louder until the dog bounded into view, galloping towards the sea. She laughed as it plunged into the icy water, then ran towards it, coming to a halt at the water’s edge. The dog barked in reply to its owner’s call then rushed towards her, nearly crashing into her in its haste.
A wave crept towards her shoes, licked them then retreated. She eyed the next, this one too timid to dare reach her but she could see its successor gathering itself. She tugged off her boots and socks just in time for it to wrap itself over her feet and ankles. She gasped. Then, to distract herself, began tearing off her clothes. She scrunched them into a ball and flung them behind her, hoping they’d land on dry sand. Her feet ached and the wind blew on her goose-pimpled skin. She smiled at the sea and ran.