March 2, 2014
He swam downward, feeling the pressure mounting to crackling sensation. Treading for a while at this depth, he gazed upward at the surface. Two men walked by, their shirtless forms rippling. His hands explored the scratchy bottom of the pool, wanting a few more moments of peace. Having held his breath long enough, Toby surfaced, hearing the men engaged in conversation. They were approaching and Toby nodded in careful acknowledgment as they walked past, his eyes focusing on their muscular feet. He shot them another glance, but he was oblivious to them. Once their voices faded, he went under again.