Rejected by luck, accepted by life - A short story
They have traveled far away from their place. Different images of nature have replaced those of gunpowder smokes. Instead, the only grey they could see was that cloudy, moody sky, that hasn’t changed too much since last week. Raindrops kept falling on their heads and their only way of protection were those feeble branches with few leaves still hanging from their edges. Major supplies have finished and the only sign of water could be found down to the river, but its freshness was questioned.
Nobody knew those places, not even an inch, not by coming for a holiday trip in the past. Some postcards with beautiful sunsets and idyllic beaches, tourists, adults and kids, relaxing as the waves were caressing their feet. On the contrary, they haven’t got those feelings so far, except dirt, mud and dust as their daily and sole partners.
“Mama, my stomach aches and can’t walk for now. I’m hungry and my mouth is dry” cried out loud a little boy, about six to seven years old “when are we going to arrive? are we close?”.
A gentle, slim figure of a twenty — something woman bent on the little boy. She stroke his head lovingly and left a dim smile to appear on her face. She couldn’t allow her exhaustion to affect her fondess. From her characteristics somebody could distinguish her fatigue all over her figure. A face covered with mud and few scars, her clothes with holes that were tried to be covered roughly and her hands injured and dried by the wind and drought.
“We are almost there my love” she replied “I know that you have made a great effort until now but you have to be patient for a while. We are almost there”.
“And where are we going to stay? Do we have a home in that place we are heading?”
She tried to hold herself, no tears should appear on her face. Keeping calm was one of her major role that she had to play. If not she, then who could do it?
“Yes my little boy. You will see, everything will be good again.” she said without even believing her own words “Mum will provide you with everything and you are not going to miss a thing!”.
She grabbed him from his waist and raised him on her arms. Even though some days have passed with only one meal for the whole time, from the daylight to the night, and her son has lost weight as she also, her arms didn’t feel so weak. Only her power of will was enough to continue their way.
Her head turned again to the river. Across their way, the other place they had to reach. She could direct her gaze to the moving water, as the wind was blowing, dragging liquid and solid elements together and rain has joined his party again.
But they had to move on. Somebody, somewhere across that place was waiting. For those newcomers. For those “outcast of luck”, longing for that clear sky, crystal sea, bright future.
As I captured the scenery in this photo, different stories came to my head. What I tried to express with was that little glimpse of light inside this blackness one can find. And I admire those people that never surrender.
Originally published at cavingwriting.wordpress.com on April 4, 2017.