Part 40 From Rain Into a Storm
Rain, rain and nothing but rain. All day grey. No sun. No hope. Gia’s soul seemed trapped under the damp ground in the ancient garden of the old house. Surrounded by mud and stones, worms and slugs, and roots like tentacles holding her firmly in the place. She didn’t fight it. Her separated body enchanted nearby…stuck, raw and exposed to the elements. Her stiff limbs were bending painfully in the wind. Sometimes they snapped. She didn’t fight it, but she longed to understand it, to understand and know everything. She stared wide eyed at everything as if for the first time, noticing even the minute details. What is this? What does it all mean?
Words startled her, she heard herself responding, even smiling; working perfectly like a programming that no longer made sense because she was aware of it now.
Gia strained to focus on the words coming from Drew. Struggling to hear over a giant waterfall flowing violently between them. The noise was deafening, ropes of water blocking the vision also. She knew there would be no point of her words getting through, so she didn’t even try. Everything changed, everything was different…She wished it wasn’t.
At times she tried to focus harder, “You are so selfish Gia, you spend all your time online….You don’t even care if I am here, do you?… You only want me to bring money, that’s all…you don’t need or want me for anything else….”
Tired, so tired…, she touched the water, then stepped into it…, ah that’s it…no more pain. Nothing, just being…
Soon Gia and the girls would go back home for their annual visit to see her family and friends. She just had to manage till then. She longed to see Mum, but there was also her father. She would have to bring the waterfall with her, to stop his hateful energies from harming her.
The rain stopped and the sun, although still dull behind the clouds was fighting to come out. Gia’s soul stirred under ground, she was surprised how easily she could move. The warm rays were dancing on her face, she smiled. She will see her friend Dana soon. She realized how much she missed her, and her other friends back home. She wrote to Anna.
“Hey, that’s great! Leni and I were just wondering when you would come this year! We should have a reunion again, what do you think?” replied Anna.
A reunion?! Lokie? Four years passed since she found him and invited him to their ten year reunion. He never replied. A surge of energy enabled Gia to act. Lokie’s smiling photograph was still on the website, but there was a different email address. The girl that Gia thought might be his girlfriend now had a new surname. Lokie’s surname. The last entry on the website was a report from a summer trip. Gia scanned the list of all participants. Three had Lokie’s surname.
Gia was amazed that she was right about her hunch, but it didn’t really surprised her. It had always been like that between Lokie and her. She knew things that she couldn’t explain.
“Good idea Anna, bring it on! Let’s do it on the first weekend in September.” Gia replied to Anna’s email, and she got busy composing another to the rest of their classmates.
6th of August 2010
Subject : Reunion
Class reunion is taking place on Saturday 4th of September 2010. Place to be confirmed, or if you have a suggestion let me know.
She sent it to all of them, and thought nothing more of Lokie. He was quite far from her now. The connection purposely suppressed.
Soon the replies flooded in. Nothing from Lokie, but she was not expecting anything, not waiting feverishly like the last time. It was fine either way.
13th of August 2010
WHAT? A REPLY FROM LOKIE???? OMG! Lokie’s face, snapshots of the past fragmented, but in brilliant vividness flooded Gia’s mind in a split second. Without further hesitation, Gia opened the email.
.I would quite like to come, please write when you’ll know when and where I shall come. Just in case this is my tel. number 30940888….have a nice time and I will be waiting for further instructions. Luke
Omg, omg, omg, omg, omg, omg, omg, omg, omg, omg, omg………!!! Lokie! A reply, an actual email from Lokie! A real connection with Lokie! And he wants to come to the reunion! …have a nice time?! Did he actually write have a nice time? Was he for real? What happened to him, did he have a personality transplant? Was he actually being nice to Gia? Did he know that it’s her and not the other Gia in their class?!
She just wanted to shower him with questions because he knows, perhaps he knows everything even the stuff, that Gia had been seeking about life. But she had to be careful, she couldn’t just throw it out there like that, it would probably freak him out. She would wait for the reunion, for any kind of talk…She might not even want it once she sees him…
13th of August 2010
That’s great! I’ll definitely let you know as soon as I find out where the reunion will be. Leni was talking about some places in Prague, but I don’t know it there that much any more. Are you in contact with Peter? He hasn’t responded to the email yet. Almost everyone is coming even the teacher.
Anyway how are you? I have been living in England for a long time now, I studied a lot and now I am at home with the kids. Take care. Gia J.
16th of August 2010
.hey..I haven’t seen Peter for about five years now, I don’t think I have his number any more….on top of that I am a bit outside of things, I’ve been living in Sitav for four years…I can’t even remember when I was in Prague last, but I will be looking forward to seeing you all after all these years….and perhaps we will finally really talk, about life and stuff. Have a beautiful time for now. Luke
Omg, omg, omg! “…and perhaps we will finally really talk, about life and stuff. Have a beautiful time for now…”
Gia burst out of the main door into the brilliant sunshine. She started running, feeling the warm wind on her cheeks, her body light like a feather was moving without any effort, and every pore of her being took in the beauty of the world surrounding her without noticing the storm brewing nearby….
Original writing and photo © Gia at Giasuniverse 2015.