He sat staring out at the wind whistling through the trees, the air made no sound but the waves that pushed it resounded in his ears. Nearby a dove called out,
singing its praise to the world. A crack played into his ear and he turned his head slowly, looking for the silent steps. Standing quaintly was a small girl, a tight green dress covering her arms
and neck, flowing down into the soft dirt. Her straight black hair flew down over her back, dropping to her hips. He stared directly into her depth of purple eyes as she stood there with an age
further than her twelve years, her eyes driving into the boy.
She in turn sought out the boy, spreading her eyes over his figure. He sat, back pushed against the tree, dappled brown hair spread unruly over his head. His stained
clothes held rips and tears of dirt. She didn’t think twice about his black eyes, gazing into hers. Unlike the girl he seemed as if he had only just passed his sixteen years.
They waited, relinquishing silent knowledge throughout the air, sharing unknown secrets that called out with song.
He rose, dusting raw dirt off his already stained clothes, never blinking from the pools of purple. He stepped towards her, trying to hide his precarious
She glanced at his steps and instantly saw his silent message. He was afraid.
He saw her glance and instantly saw her silent message. She knew.
They paced together, a foot apart, feet bounding over the earth in perpetual uniform. If they broke the conformity and looked back they would’ve seen no unbroken
dirt from their voiceless steps. But there was no need to look back, for what was there to look for? They need not bother with the moulded grass, whose shaped stalks held past secrets of
unaccountable triumphs and failures. Nor the wooden trees whose trunks grew to meet the clouds above.
They heeded every step they paced eyeing the future of their travels. Each step they took placed another secret into the others mind slowly bringing forward unknown
pasts and futures.
After many hours of silent passing they quickly noticed the slight changes in their ambience. The grass wound higher, showing its darker tone. The trees were
diminishing, showing their bright top leaves. Although they took in every minute piece they did not shift their pace nor pause the flow of knowledge that passed through their ingenuous
Then together they slowed, still keeping in time, but taking longer to move each foot from the ground.
Throughout their travels he had slowly eased his mind, becoming less afraid of the future. As the girls past and future flowed unto him, he had learnt about her
nature and knew that she would not hurt him but nor would she keep him safe.
She felt his fear and as his mind ticked over his thoughts she accepted them, touching on his fear; embracing what she had never felt.
They did not falter in their steps nor their silent passing, not one thing made them stop for they had no need to.
They felt it before they saw it. The dry heat of empty plains, the vapidness of life. They rounded the corner and before them lay the dusty sheets of sand, tumbling
They faltered at the edge of trees, feet unmoving on the dirt.
Their unplanned goal balanced throughout the horizon, bringing the scent of emptiness and a new beginning.
Then, once again in unity, they stepped forward and brought their futures into the same light. As they stepped the girls dress, once green, transformed into a sandy
yellow, bringing the dust to life. Again they walked sharing secrets, lightening their pasts.
Suddenly the boy stopped and turned his ragged body towards their farewell. The trees, standing solid in the silent air. The grass, swiping with the wind. The path,
no prints embedded in the dirt. And as he traced the path to the sand he noticed the colours with which the two terrains held. The green musk of earth, the dry dust of sand. As he stared a quiet
thought entered his mind which flowed smoothly to the girl.
Clashing with Harmony.
The boy felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to come face to the girl, a smile touching her face. Her purples eyes showed sorrow for his past loss and he knew that
she was truly sorry.
He stared out at his new destination and began to pace away from his old life. As they stepped he continued to pass knowledge to the girl, but now, as she gathered
his life, he released it. Every thought he threw to her, he forgot, planting them in the back of his memory, the place where no one goes. And the girl took the thoughts, remembering them for when
he wanted to reminisce.
They paced quickly through the sand, leaving no imprint on the windswept plains. No green marked the millions of grains, no animal scuttled across the barren
But though little life invaded their wake, they still noticed every detail. The way the hill curved to form a perfect agglomeration, each iota in exact place.
And now they turned their slight attention to the cloudless sky where no bird dared fly. The even tone of blue swam through the sky, following the horizon.
The girl was unsurprised at the thoughts that flowed into her mind, the things the boy had seen and done, the things he wanted to forget. As the sand sailed around
them, his thoughts like, the sand, sailed to her, sweeping deep into eternity.
Over many hills they stepped, passing with each step a new loss built with a gain.
Upon a mould they came, eyeing the hill with theoretical certainty, without pausing their barrage of histories.
They effortlessly lugged themselves above the dune and saw before them, their final goal.
Before them lay a reprise from the humid dunes. A vast blue spread to the edges of the horizon, slowly lapping at the sand, a cool wind vibrating from its depths
onto their faces.
They continued to walk until they came to the very edge of where the water lapped the sand. There they stopped taking in the coolness of the sea and the vastness of
which they had walked. And once again a thought came to the boys mind which flowed smoothly to the girl.
Clashing with harmony.
The girl turned to him and he repeated her actions, turning to face her placid face. A nod by her and he reached out and clasped her unexpectedly cold hand.
Together they stepped in unison, entering the cold depths of the blue, the girl feeling her dress grow heavy, the boy feeling the coolness against his skin.
The depths welcomed them, encompassing their bodies, covering them in its watery wake.
And as the boy thought about the girl, he realised the differences between them which had brought them together and a thought came to his mind which, for the last
time, flowed smoothly to the girl.
Clashing with harmony.
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