FOREVER TONIGHT - Flash Fiction Summer 2021 Writing Contest

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


FOREVER TONIGHT

 

I didn’t know it would be this way. When things go well, time is eternal.

This mountain, this ledge, this rock, we had it all to ourselves. Eternally. Forever and ever till death do we part. Before we understood those very words.

We shared the sunrise here. Our first night together was a hike to that peak right over there. I can see the peak from here, although misty through these damn tears. Through these damn memories.

It was hot climbing that cliff that day but as we reached the summit the altitude’s cold settled on the campsite.

Shivering, I unpacked the food and the sleeping gear. He cleared the tent site, dug out a pit toilet and uncorked the Syrah. Tired from the climb and forgoing a campfire, we wriggled into the tent with buffalo jerky and cheese and sourdough. And the Syrah.

We laughed that cold night away as the mountain winds splashed against the polyester tent. We clutched tight against the cold. Against time. Against eternity.

We were wrapped in the fervor of the climb and the glow of the red wine with mother earth beneath us and the naked stars above.

Our lovemaking was tender in its wildness and frantic in its calm as we exhausted that night of eternity in each other’s arms. Passion unchained of time; holding no allegiance to the past or the future.

We were warm then. Alone together. Alone forever.

On that solitary pinnacle our bond was fixed. Our history was united in the here and the now.

But the now has ended too soon and I sit here and search for our now, the now of us on that mountaintop. The now we shared with the cold and the stars and the wine and the wind.

Forever tonight.


Submitted: June 09, 2021

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