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The air is thick with the promise of rain, but she hardly notices. Hers is a brisk rush through the darkening world, hands full, sneakers kicking up bits of grass in her wake. A breeze runs its ethereal fingers through her hair. It tickles under the collar of her jacket—that's the first thing she really feels.

Clouds lower overhead like great gray wings on a downstroke. She's never noticed the scent of cloud before, but she can smell it now, carried by the breeze. The dense layer of shifting black and gray above says hush, and the whole world listens. Birds become still and small. Dogs blink up at the sky, scenting the rain, and even the pond fish glide very softly up to the surface of the water, waiting to feel the first cool drops on their backs.

A reverberating growl of thunder stops her in her tracks. It rolls and crashes into its own echoes, rumbling through her very core. Her face tilts up and the first drop of rain tumbles through the atmosphere at a dizzying speed, then hits her forehead with an infinitesimal sigh of relief.

The heavens open up. Rain pours down in cool torrents and the birds preen themselves beneath sheltering clusters of leaves. Canine gray and blue and amber eyes close. The fish leap into the air just because they can, just to feel the connection between water and sky. Her world melts away, chains dissolved, gravity slipping out from beneath her.

Her book hits the ground, the pages shrinking away from the droplets that hang like diamonds on the grassblades. Her jacket follows, becoming just another nondescript lump in a world of shifting contours. Her hair, painstakingly done up, tumbles down around her, and the rain rolls in rivulets down each lock.

For that brief second she stands there, soaked, vulnerable, a meaningless speck under the weight of the vast cosmos—finally alive.
Wrote this quite some time ago. I still like a few bits of it. :)

3/12: Pretty serious revision (including the removal of a horrendous typo that had somehow gone unnoticed through dozens of rereads by at least ten different people). Fixed awkward phrasing and unnecessary moralizing.
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ClioStorm Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Writer
featured here: [link] :heart:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Thank you so much, I'm honored. :)
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enigmaticsmile Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ohhhhh... wow. You are amazing. Your penchant for descriptive writing just blows me away. I need to keep reading your work because it makes me want to be a better writer.

If I may offer a small point: While I agree with your statement that a brief second is "really all we ever get, if we're lucky," it's a commentary and snaps me out of the reverie I'm in from your description of the moment. I think you made us feel the importance of the moment already without telling us outright.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Oh, jeez, thank you so much! :huggle:

Yeah, you're completely right. This was back when I thought literature = moralizing. :P I'll probably rework that entire last paragraph... -grabs edit pen-
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enigmaticsmile Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, writing can be moralizing, but if you write in a way that leads people to the conclusion as opposed to giving it to them... it sinks in better...

I try not to moralize, because I don't think my ideals are necessarily any better than anyone else's...
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I try not to either, nowadays. It can be painfully off-putting if it isn't done perfectly--and anyway, who am I to be passing judgment on the universe?

Spruced it up a bit, by the way, and I think it's an improvement. :)
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enigmaticsmile Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the ending now... well done (in my humble opinion).
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Yay! Thanks :D
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Laitma Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Ooooooooooh, absolutely beautiful. Love this--the details are terrific, but what I really love is the sense of time, the way the storm builds up in such an original and vivid way... and there are some really interesting perspective shifts going on! That one line with the first drop of rain is a jarring snap to a totally different perspective--to me, I felt like I was suddenly high up in that atmosphere, and it was a real sweet feeling. Not sure how much I like the last line with the change to first person though, but it didn't really bother me too much, so. :)
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thanks so much! :D

I see what you mean about the first-person... this whole thing needs a lot of work, to be honest... maybe someday I'll go back and rewrite all my old stories, make them better. :)
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Laitma Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Awwwww, no problemo, and don't worry about it--old work always has a lot we see in a new light. I actually don't really go back to many old pieces often--I don't know if it's just that my style's changing or just that I suck at revising, but more often I'll just start all over again with the same concepts (or even just something like them) and often times I just find it easier to craft something totally new!
...I think I'm mostly just saying this because I'm struggling with the latest piece of AD, hahahah. D-Don't mind my ramblings. xD
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
To be honest, I don't either. XD I always say I will 'someday', but someday is a beautifully elusive concept...

Oh, I know the feeling. :huggle: It'll come to you. :)
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OxygenOcean Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
The last line turned this entire piece around.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
In a good way?
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OxygenOcean Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student General Artist
oh yes, very much so.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Yay! :D
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AmazingGlideh Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As soon as I started reading this, my computer and living room seemed to dissolve and I swore could feel the wind and the rain on my skin.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
:blush:

Thank you so much! :huggle:
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AmazingGlideh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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juniorel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   Writer
I concur with this. The description in this piece was fantastic.
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AmazingGlideh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES. Totally.
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