First things first - I am John's other half. Determined not to be biased as I am his better half and I write quite a lot, it turns out that he can write and I hasten to add he's a lot better at it than I am!
So that said here's a short story gripping to the end. The story is imaginatively told and the characters are well developed. It's easy to imagine watching the characters pass you in the street or in this case splash around on the beach.
This is a first short story and I think that the opening paragraphs are a little over worked, however it soon begins to flow and is a real pleasure to read.