On the wide edge of a large kidney-shaped swimming pool

sit two naked sixteen-year-old girls, Louisa Calloway and Fiona Dembosky.

It is a heavily hot and humid night in Nyack.

Unlit lamps are hung all about the pool; in the

dark the greenish-blue water glistens, barely moving, luminous and inviting.

Around the swimming pool are flowering shrubs, all blurs of

white dim blooms, and the still air smells indistinctly sweet.

Fiona puts her arms behind her and arches her chest.

Tiny nipples stand out, and long blonde hair swings back.

“Sex appeal!” she whispers loudly, then she bursts out laughing.


Paraphrases from the novel Families and Survivors by Alice Adams.