Like a Ballerina on Skates

Odd had learned that Sissi had been taught how to ice-skate by Jim when she was very little. Long before she ever learned how to ride a horse, or pedal a bicycle, Jim had taken her to the nearest ice-skating rink to teach her all of the tricks of the trade that he had learned himself at a very tender age. Not very many people knew this, but Jim was very graceful. He wouldn't admit it himself for fear he would be mocked, or worse, be thought of as 'girly'. Jim didn't mind showing his feelings, because he knew of the type of man he truly was, and that was all that mattered, so he had gone out on the ice with Sissi as soon as he saw her opulent skates, and gently escorted Suzanne to accompany him.

"And viola !", Sissi said, with an expertly timed twirl that made Odd slightly dizzy to watch. Around the corner came Jim and Suzanne with impressive speed. He twirled her out and then in again, into his arms. She smiled softly and chuckled.

"Oh, James. It's been too long since we had a nice, pleasant skate.", she said, her chocolate eyes twinkling dreamily.

"I didn't want you forgetting what it felt like to be uplifted.", Jim said, lifting her up into his arms, twirling her and then setting her back down gently. She embraced him and caught her breath.

"That's the closest I've felt to weightlessness…", she said, and the two kissed lovingly.

"Isn't that sweet ?", Sissi said, romantically. Odd snorted and laughed.

"You want romantic ? I'll show you romantic.", Odd said, pretending to roll up his sleeves. He hadn't been skating before, so each step was a bit wobbly. As soon as he was able to get used to skates, he found himself gliding along the ice as if he had been born to do it. But, he still wasn't as good as his girlfriend, Elisabeth. To admit, he was quite impressed with her skill.

"You know something, my dear ? You could've been in the Olympics.", Odd complimented. Sissi placed her hands up to her flushing face and looked at her skates bashfully.

"You flatter me, Odd. You're just saying that because you love me.", Sissi said, shyly.

"No, I mean it. You're like a ballerina on skates.", Odd stated honestly, skating close to his love and hugging her from the side. The two of them skated on the frozen lake for a while as they passed their mentors idly. After a while, the cold really started to set in as evening closed the day. The rest of the students too, took notice of the temperature change and rushed to the lodge for the evening's festivities.

Written by Angie Y. and FlowerofAdversity