Trellis [a character sketch]

[8 July 2019]

He sits there, on the park bench overlooking the lake. His legs swing back and forth, absentmindedly, not quite touching the ground.
It’s summer. The lake water and the sweat and the dew and the water in the air mingle back and forth, exchanging themselves with one another, condensing on empty bottles and dark windows and skin, reaching a holy homoeostasis.
It’s dark.

She lies there next to him on the bench, her head in his lap, his small coat on her body, bright green and yellow and purple and racecars against her denim shirt. Her eyes closed. Her hair tangled and damp.
The air smells of freshwater and moss and long grass.
Kick kick. Kick kick. Kick kick.

He feels her, her warmth, the rise and fall of her chest, the moisture from the dew and her breath seeping through the leg of his shorts and onto his skin.
It’s still dark.

A wave breaks against the shore, spraying foam and mist on his face and in his eyes, becoming brackish. He wipes it away with his left hand. His right hand strokes her head.
Her weight bears heavy on him. His leg is growing numb, but he doesn’t seem to notice, or at least he doesn’t seem to mind.
Kick kick. Kick kick. Kick kick.
Just keep the blood flowing.

Kick kick.

He takes off his shirt. Dinosaurs. He folds it up into a ball, gently lifts up her head, slides out from under her, and rests her head on the pillow.

Blood rushes back in to his legs.

A breeze blows through. Cool air. Dry air. Washing over his skin. Soaking into his lungs. Washing away the sweat and the grime.
He looks to his right. She stirs a little in her sleep. Her head is cold. She reaches out for him.

He touches her hand, gently holding it in both of his own. She calms, and he puts her hand under his jacket, still on her chest. He strokes her hair from time to time, feels the wind and the water against his body, waiting expectantly, watching the skyline as single star appears and the surface of the water changes from dark to white to gold.

Kick kick. Kick kick. Kick kick.

22 responses to “Trellis [a character sketch]”

  1. kristianw84 avatar

    I love this, Nathan!! I could envision everything! I could even feel the mist on my face. You sure do know how to paint a picture my friend!! <3

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Kristian!! That makes me so happy!!!!!

      1. kristianw84 avatar

        You’re very welcome!! 😁😁

  2. NZain avatar

    Oh gosh. Such tenderness. Does such tenderness really exist outside our imagination? If so, sign me up!

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Haha if I find it I’ll let you know!

      1. NZain avatar

        Yes yes! Please do! And I’ll keep searching as well….

  3. tara caribou avatar

    Oh this is such a gentle and calming scene. His inner turmoil is felt. Her own is as well. Really very well done. Friendship is a beautiful thing.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad you felt that and thank you for sharing that. Friendship is indeed beautiful!

  4. Joannie Rosevear avatar

    Sigh! So amazing ❤️

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Joannie! I’m glad you liked it!! <3

  5. Marilyn Bodi Reed avatar

    Your writings, put me right there! I can see it in my mind! You have quite a talent!👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗❤️

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Marilyn! You’re always so kind!! I really appreciate it! 😀 <3

  6. orkidedatter avatar

    Wow, so vividly written❤️
    I love the imagery you paint in my mind, so lovely moment in life…
    You are great my friend❤️
    Enjoy your day.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you! I was so happy when it came to me 🙂 And thank you for your comment, my dear friend!! It means so much!! <3 <3 <3

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        My pleasure. It is absolutely wonderful when words just come to mind… I have to start with pencil and paper behind the my ear so I can write at once…😊
        Take care.

  7. orkidedatter avatar

    Check your e-mail my friend..

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      I shall! Sorry! I have been dreadfully busy!!

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        It is ok my friend. No hurry. I just wanted to tell you, because sometimes the e-mail can be lost…
        I am very busy too, know the feeling.
        Take care❤️

  8. At the frontiers avatar

    Wonderfully poignant! Love the imagery, soft, yet powerful…great work!

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you so much!! I’m glad you enjoyed!

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thanks, Roshni! I’m glad you liked it!

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