The shifting sand beneath her feet felt cool and calming as she walked along the beach. The ebb and flow of the tide left ripples in its wake. Patterns shimmered in the moonlight that glistened off the gentle waves. With every step she took an imprint was left which filled with the salty ocean from deep within. While the sounds of the lapping shore called her she wandered on. No reason or destination in her mind, just the echoings from a far away land.
Upon the distant shore there walked a man. His stride kept pace with the movement of the sea as it travelled up to greet him, and then, silently slipped away in rhythmic flow to gather its strength and repeat its predestined role for infinity. He paused and picked up a small spiralled shell that had been swept up by the tide and left stranded… empty, waiting…
Each travelled alone in their wanderings but with a connection neither could have knowledge of.
At the end of the beach his path along the sand was halted by a rocky outcrop. He clambered up, navigating amongst the many rock pools. Small fish trapped by the receding tide darted for cover as his shadow was cast across their temporary prison. The sun felt hot on his neck as he bent to assist his climb. At the top he stood, staring out across the sea. The vastness and beauty always caught his breath. He would never tire of this sight, nor be far from the feel of its majesty and power.
He closed his eyes and raised his head to breathe in the saltiness of the air. His heart and mind where filled with such longing to share all that meant so much to him. To have that one person to walk the beach, climb a hill, play in the woods and go hunting for a bargain with. From deep within, these longings and wants came forth… his words taken by the wind that buffeted him, catching him off guard… “I look along the curves of your body, our eyes meet, I want you, I must have you, I see it in your eyes too… the thought of you wanting me fuels my desire, the urge to take you is so strong, I want to make you mine”… He opened his eyes and let out a gut wrenching scream of passion and rage that had been buried for so long… he knew she was out there, somewhere, so tangible yet untouchable…
Across the vast expanse of darkness, she stopped suddenly. Her emptiness of thought was taken over by a raging torrent of emotion, it hit her with such a force she rocked back, her heels digging into the sand. Such an overwhelming feeling of belonging. It entered into her mind nestling in every crevice, seeping through her, entwining itself around her very core. Then found a place of being within her heart.
The moment passed. Both stood still, aware that this was shared by another. A connection so strong that its bond would hold fast… that there would come a time when their paths across the sand would lead to each other.© AF Matthews 09