Torrents of water pour down the hillside and across the path. Inside the shell of my raincoat the sweater that sticks to my skin fails to bother me. I walk in the rain to escape. No-one would be out in this weather. And then, when one of those magnificent patches of blue sky comes along, oh bliss! And all to myself.
Streams of rain flood down the valley and across the track. My feet are swimming in muddy water but my mind is an island of sweet solitude. A sense of being that grows as each falling raindrop beats tranquillity into my forehead. Who else would be out in this weather? And up above; those heavenly patches of blue that seem to streak along whilst the clouds hold still.
The insides of my boots are wet but I rejoice in the discomfort of my feet. My legs pump back and forth like two unstoppable pistons fuelled by the falling rain. I stride along the ribbon of path, a clammy but contented colossus.
I wear sandals because I just don’t care. The water and earth flows between my toes, I am one with the hydration. No sound, not even birdsong, just the pattering of rain redressing the equilibrium upset by the imprints of my transient presence.
Oh, a tree? Oh!
What? I don’t believe it!
Whoever he is, he has ruined my walk, absolutely ruined it. What the hell is he doing anyway, it’s torrential!
Well that’s it; he’s spoilt it for me. Why can’t I just be allowed to enjoy something on my own for once?
He’s getting closer, is it me or is he walking along the middle of the path like he owns it! He’s on the right now.
Is he on the left or the right, walk straight man! I shouldn’t even have to be thinking about this. He’s on the right now.
Better not be anyone else.
Hope that’s it.
I liked his sandals, very bold. Oh well, onwards and upwards. Have to get to the top to have my sandwiches and flask of coffee.
He had a nice jacket; I wonder what his name was? Probably just the kind of person I should be making friends with. Oh well, down the hill I go.
Oh wow, bliss! What a shade of blue! Where is he again? Oh, too far away.
Incredible! Amazing! What a spectacular rainbow. Where is he? Oh, too far away.
I wonder if he’s seeing this too?
© 2012 Thomas Halvë