A Bottle of Rain

Cold raindrops landed on his freckles and trickled into the network of rivers along his skin.  An army of tiny knives stabbed his legs.  He pushed deep breaths through his lungs and kept his stride.  He counted out thuds punctuated by thick, muddy splooshes on the leaf-smothered trail.  Suddenly, warmth flooded his veins as he harnessed the wind.

“Mr. Wallace?”  The orderly repeated.

Tom Wallace was sitting up in bed clutching the cat spray bottle, face soaked, eyes closed and grinning like a nut.  Although we’re not supposed to use that term, Larry reminded himself.

“Time for your medication.”  Larry placed the early edition in front of him.  The newspaper lay flat on the sheet in the space where Tom’s legs used to be.  “Senior Fozzy needs his spray bottle back.”

“Give him my meds,”  Tom still clutched the plastic bottle.  “I’ll keep this.”

Larry shook his head.  What a nut.

 

 

 

20 thoughts on “A Bottle of Rain

    1. We are a very well-medicated society, aren’t we? Haha, spraying is probably more pleasant without hair.

      Thank you, Rich. I was aiming for both surprises and a short delivery so your kind words are appreciated!

      I hope you’ve returned from your (much-deserved) blog break.

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      1. Well-medicated or over-medicated? I think I know the answer to my own question.

        My blog break should be coming to a close soon. It’s gone on much longer than expected due to unforeseen circumstances and I can’t wait to get back to my normal conversations on music & more. Hope all is well in your world. Have a great weekend.

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        1. Yay! 🙂 We’ll all be thrilled to have you back. It has been a long time and I hope your unforeseen circumstances are okay.

          Well, I’d lean toward over-medicated. Speaking of which, I have a coffee so I’m doing fine.

          Thanks so much for staying in touch over your blog break. I’m always happy to see a message from you. Have yourself a lovely day, Rich.

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    1. Robin, you made me laugh out loud! It could be that I’ve experienced wacky people! 🙂 I’m not sure where Tom Wallace came from…maybe it’s all a blur.
      Thank you for the wonderful compliment. I always appreciate your feedback!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rob! Yes the context was affectionate and with admiration.
      What a wonderful challenge! Thank you for the nomination which I happily accept. I’ll give this the time and attention it deserves and post soon.

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  1. Loved to make thick, muddy splooshes back in th day when i was, oh, that high.
    For some reason, your last few Posts have not come up on my Reader!
    Hate to b deprived of th Beautiful Life – “Brad shook his head”
    Cheers!

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