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TITLE (EDIT)
Girl In The Rain
DESCRIPTION
We always think of ourselves as individuals, until we notice that there are other individuals just like us.
[505 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Nature
AUTHOR
Rowan Davies
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I kick arse for the Lord.
[December 2005]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (19)
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Girl In The Rain
Rowan Davies

Itís one day of any week. Iím sitting in a cafť, sheltered from the downpour that has started outside. From my seat by the window I have the advantage of observing others without fear of being noticed by all the people who seem busy dodging rain drops and scowling for no good reason. I guess this is their attitude towards what nature provides, ungrateful and unaware of the life it brings them.

There is one person though, a girl, who stands oblivious beside the building opposite, she is upright but broken under the clouds. From her eyes I see anguish, but it isnít in the form of aggression like those rushing past. As the rain falls about her and upon her, she stands out. Her mood is different and I find myself empathising with this complete stranger. Every so often she will look up and down the road. It is raining hard and she has less care than I do indoors. I think she is almost certainly waiting for someone.

For fifteen minutes more the girl stands, resisting the rain, her long dark hair saturated and in places clinging to her skin. No one has arrived to change her expression or give me any clues as to her preoccupation. She takes a phone from her jacket and makes a call, I can only assume to her deserter. After hanging up she makes her way down the street, around the corner and out of sight.

For however long it takes me to finish my meal or drink, I ponder her mood. There is a story here about an absent lover or a friend that had better things to do, something she is perhaps entirely used to. By the time I leave the cafť, however, my mind wanders onto other things. The middle of the street is bare as I stroll along it to the nearest cash point. When I reach it I meet a man who hates the rain as much as any I have seen today, withdrawing money and cowering senselessly as a means of deflecting the water. Whilst I search for my bank card he growls over his shoulder at me: ĎJust our fucking luck. Stand still for one moment and it rains twice as hard.í

I hadnít noticed but nod anyway. I donít have the heart to tell him that even if he ran all the way home from the moment he felt the first drop, he would be just as wet and battered by the elements. After all, our hair and clothes can only absorb so much water.

As I wait for my money I turn in time to see him dash away, across the road and into a restaurant Iíve passed many times before. Iím almost unsurprised when I see the girl there, sitting at a table and waiting with her jacket slung over the back of the chair. She looks up to her man as he enters and walks towards her, but Iím certain I caught her eye before that.

 

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© 2004 Rowan Davies
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
March 2004
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