The grey sky outside is still lit by the afternoon sun, though it's filtered through the grey cover like a filthy window. Trees bow and sigh, moving in the wind like fish caught in a current, their leaves glittering scales as the first raindrops patter upon them. The air smells heady and humid, like grass and dirt and life, and the pre-storm squall blows it into my modest home. Tossed asunder, the fingers of the curtains beckon me closer to the window.
I've always easily fallen for lovers that could care less for me. Not necessarily those that are outwardly malicious, but undeniably those that were callously indifferent. And the storm is just that. I am nothing more to her than another warm body to kiss with her raindrops, to tease with her voice and her sweet smells. But, as is so often the case, risks are so difficult to assess in the presence of a beckoning hand, a sweet smell, and a seductive voice. And the approaching storm has them all. So I take my coffee and my guitar and venture into her bosom, seeking the sweet peace that she peddles.
The hilltop already belongs to her when I step outside. The fields worship her, bending in deep green-golden waves as she whispers over top of them. She’s already begun singing her song, her first notes tapping a staccato beat on the metal roof of the porch. I settle into a chair, and immediately her teasing begins. A sweet-smelling breath blows on the back of my neck, tossing my hair and parting the collar of my shirt. A raindrop kisses me lightly on the cheek. Her voice, deep and throaty, echoes somewhere in the distance, promising to be here soon.
Samson, my huge, grey cat, has followed me outside, and even he seems to wonder what possessed him to do so as he curls beneath my chair. After one last sip from my coffee, I place my guitar on my knee and let my fingers slide along the strings. I don’t play anything in particular: just a few chords, some scales, some songs I know by heart. She doesn't care. I mean nothing to her. And yet, I continue to throw her my affections.
A raindrop strikes my guitar’s wooden body. I’ll have to dry it soon or the finish will be ruined.
The strings are already expanding from the humid air. It’ll need to be tuned.
Steam rises from my coffee cup. It will soon be cold.
Samson mews pleadingly from beneath my chair.
But still I play. She continues to ignore me in her approach, dispassionate to my efforts. I don’t mind. Because her voice, her smell, her damp, cool kiss, are all I need in that moment. I've always easily fallen for lovers that could care less for me; but, for this moment at least, I am satisfied.