Memories Etched in Raindrops(Short Version)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

A reminiscence of a past rainy day

Sunday. The weather seemed to have decided to rebel against the name of the day for the sky was filled with dark clouds and the sun was nowhere to be seen. Yet, if it were to rain he would not be irritated as much as if the day would remain in that stale grey state. He’d choose a rainy day over a cloudy day anytime. Cloudy days had a sort of purgatory feeling; a feeling of something which was not totally bad but wasn’t good either and he despised things like that. He felt that life wasn’t worth it if it wasn’t exploited to its fullest and if something wasn’t offered in its entirety and full potential (be it bad or good), he’d rather not have any of it.

Furthermore, he had been awoken by a series of bad dreams which only served the purpose of interrupting his much needed sleep and ruining his day, for once he opened his eyes, he couldn’t remember them at all.

He got up and as he was pouring himself a glass of milk, he tried to recall the dreams that haunted his sleep but to no avail. His inability to remember the dreams irritated him even more for if he knew what they were, he felt that he could dismiss them with ease. But, how could he dismiss something on the back of his head which refused to show itself when summoned, but gave faint signs of life every time he tried to take his mind off of it? It was like a ghost which one knew existed but one couldn’t do anything about, for it was invisible and intangible and much like a ghost, these bad dreams lingered in the dark recesses of his mind and laughed at his annoyance whenever he thought he had found a moment of peace.

He hadn’t noticed it, but it had started raining outside. He looked out the window and saw the greyish shade that the world had been covered in. Everything seemed sad and slow. Like the color grey, everything was neutral and without life. Grey buildings, old buildings, rotten buildings, and a couple of people rushing to get home. As he witnessed the sad scenery, memories of a day when he had felt alive got out of the dark cave they had been residing in, and decided to walk freely on the space of his mind.

During the day that he was recalling, it had been raining as well, but unlike today, he had woken up with a smile on his face. He had someone to meet; someone he hadn’t met in quite some time. The very thought of the meeting made him spring up from his bed and filled him with happiness as well as positive energy and thoughts.

As he was brushing his teeth, he looked at himself in the mirror and observed that his eyes looked different. There was a sparkle in them which he hadn’t seen before. The whole architecture of his face seemed to have changed and it seemed as if it was radiating happiness. There was too much happiness inside of him and he couldn’t contain it. The overwhelming amount of joy that was dwelling inside of him had affected not only his soul, but his outer appearance as well.

He got ready hastily, grabbed an umbrella and dashed out of the house. The destination was quite far, a 30 minute walk, and throughout the course of the walk, the rain got heavier and heavier but he proceeded with fast and sturdy steps towards the destination where the much awaited rendezvous with the person he hadn’t seen in a long time awaited him. Along the way, visuals of the other person’s face formed at the back of his eyes and as he was walking, a smile formed on his lips, giving him the appearance of a madman. After all, who else, but a madman, would smile while walking in the rain?

Finally, he arrived at his destination but the other person wasn’t there. He looked at his watch and realized he was early. The endless desire of meeting the other person had made him walk much faster than usual. Meanwhile, it had begun to pour and the umbrella wasn’t enough to shelter him from the pouring rain anymore. The ends of his trousers were soaked in water so he decided to take refuge under the canopy of a nearby place. There, he waited for what seemed like an eternity.

The other person was late and he begun to worry. He decided to call.  When the other person answered, the whole world seemed to stop for a second. He was hypnotized by the voice and when reality sunk in again, he heard the other person saying that they were going to take a cab and that they would arrive at the destination in five minutes. Those five minutes transformed into almost fifteen minutes and he grew impatient for not only did he dislike waiting for other people, but he also could not wait to see this specific person whom he hadn’t met in a long time. The yearning had completely taken hold of him. He was so close, yet so far. It all seemed like torture.

 Suddenly, a silhouette appeared on the horizon. He recognized the silhouette immediately. He would recognize that silhouette anywhere and anytime. Blood started rushing through his veins and his heart began to beat faster and faster as she ran out of the cab and approached him.They got under the canopy together and shared two warm and sincere smiles accompanied by glistening eyes. The sight of her eyes, a sight of the likes of which he had never seen before, was in that moment, forever etched in his memory. Each falling raindrop seemed to further ingrain the memory of her eyes into his brain and he was sure at that moment, that at the sound of the falling rain, he would always be reminded of those beautiful blue eyes which dilated at the sight of him.

They held hands and decided to go to a nearby bar together. They walked hastily under the pouring rain, whose rhythm matched the rhythm of their beating hearts, until they reached their destination and there, in the warmness of the bar, as their bodies grew warmer by the air conditioning, their hearts grew warmer at the sight of their faces and each other’s kisses and long embraces.


Submitted: September 20, 2015

© Copyright 2022 Jonathan Pilika. All rights reserved.

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