a drive in the country

It was such a beautiful spring day after months of rain that she readily agreed to his suggestion of a drive up into the mountains. They were having a lovely day, she thought, arriving finally at a scenic lookout. They got out of the car and walked to the edge. There was a stomach churning drop and a long way down, the green valley stretching endlessly below with a silver ribbon of water snaking through. She gazed in wonder, wishing she could paint, could somehow capture this perfect scene. He was quiet but she guessed he was appreciating the loveliness in his own way.
She turned first, a gust of wind blowing cold through her cotton dress and they walked back to the car. Getting in and buckling up, he said, ‘You know, I had an almost uncontrollable urge to push you over that cliff.’
‘Oh’. Tears sprung to her eyes. How could he love her if he said things like that? Wanted to do something like that? ‘I’m glad you didn’t.’ She kept her voice light.
On the way back to her house, in the warm car, her mind worried at his words. Maybe, she told herself, it was just like that urge you sometimes got to jump off a high place yourself. She knew that urge was a fairly common experience. She’d read it somewhere in a book. It must be the same. Lots of people must feel that way sometimes. It was probably quite common. Yes, that was all it was. .
Much, much later she thought back to it and wondered how she could have been such a fool.

a drive in the country

nadine henley

Joined March 2009

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