At the Nude Beach in Vienna

The current swept her below the beach, behind the coffeehouses at the river’s edge.

Stock Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

Christl said she developed late, a year or more after her schoolmates had grown breasts, discovered boys, and bled. But by the time she reached 16, men grew silent when she walked into a room. By 17, she had silky hair and eyes that made color melt; her elegance caused women to sit upright, and her form made men forget to breathe…