The Extended Rain Delay

“Thanks for being flexible,” Holly said sweetly as she sipped her coffee.  “I know you love walking in the rain, but it’s coming down a little too hard for me.”

“Well, I couldn’t have you melt away,” Aaron countered with a sly grin.  “Who would take over best friend duties then?”

Holly shrugged and flashed her pretty smile.

They were on Aaron’s front porch.  It was covered and protected them from the rain that was falling in torrents.  Rather than sharing their usual bench overlooking the river, they sat side by side in matching chairs that looked out onto a quiet street.  Aaron had his legs up on the railing, while Holly kept her feet planted firmly on the floor.

“The whole point of our Sunday walks is to spend time together and catch up with each other,” he reminded her as he popped the top on his Snapple.  “I can do that just as easily from my porch as I can from the waterfront.”

short story, best friends, Modern Philosopher“You probably prefer this,” she quipped, “because there’s no one else around, and you are two strides from the safety of your foyer should the world frighten you too much.”

Aaron gulped his Snapple, but it was still obvious that he was smiling at her comments.

“An introvert’s dream,” he admitted.  “I get to be around another human, but it’s the one human I trust more than anyone.  And I can run inside and lock the door behind me at any time.”

Holly giggled.  Aaron noticed that she somehow managed to look even more stunning when she smiled.  He wondered if smiling had a similar effect on his looks.

But such thoughts quickly bored him, so he steered the conversation back to something more intriguing.

“Where do you think they came up with the term It’s raining cats and dogs? My first guess, because of my strict religious upbringing, would be that it’s biblical, but then I realize if that were the case, it would be raining rams and lions.”

Holly rolled her eyes.  Her best friend’s big brain intrigued her, but she often wondered what he could accomplish if he cleared out all the nonsense that cluttered his grey matter, and made way for some really deep thoughts.

Then again, he might not be as interesting that way.  Better off to leave things be.

“I’m going to say it originated in Florida,” Holly guessed.  “If ever there were a place that adorable domestic animals would fall from the sky, it would be that bizarro world in the deep south.”

flash fiction, humor, Modern PhilosopherAaron laughed, and Holly smiled in satisfaction.  It wasn’t easy to coax a long, deep laugh out of him, so any time she did so was a major accomplishment as far as she was concerned.

“I usually find rain delays to be extremely tedious,” he revealed, “but they’re pretty okay when I get to spend them with you.”

Holly blushed, but made no effort to hide it like she usually did.  They were outside, it was cold and rainy, so red cheeks would be expected.

Besides, she was beginning to think that hiding her reactions to his sweet comments was counterproductive given her ultimate goal.  She suddenly realized that maybe she was the one who had to declutter her brain in order for it to function more efficiently…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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4 Responses to The Extended Rain Delay

  1. markbialczak says:

    I like the way their goals are evolving, Austin.

  2. Pingback: It’s time … it’s time … it’s Christmas time? – A Silly Place

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