The Shock of it All

The Daily Post – Shock


The shock from the frigid water caused Sarah to gasp for air. Her hands paddled and feet kicked to keep her head above the water. Her heart thumped loud and strong in her ears, if she didn’t get out soon hypothermia would set in, she convinced herself.

Only a few more feet to go, Sarah’s voice screamed inside her head. All the feeling of sleepiness she’d had moments before were erased by the sudden cold. She was wide awake now.

The end was in sight. Soon she’d be free from the gripping cold that numbed her body. All Sarah could think about was getting out, nothing else mattered.

Sarah stretched forward; her hands wrapped around the metal rails. She pulled the rest of her body through the water. Her cold feet climbed up the steps.

Goosebumps rose on her skin and she shivered; her teeth rattled in her head. Sarah hurried toward the chair, grabbed her towel, and wrapped it around her body. She convulsed a final time then settled as warmth slowly spread over her body. She closed her eyes; her muscles relaxed, and her teeth stopped rattling.

Sarah could think of better things to do at 6:00 am on a Saturday morning and swimming lessons with pool temperatures of only 14° C was not one of them. Worst thing was she had to do it again on Sunday.



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