I sat in silence,drenched in drizzling rain.I swore my left knee stung abit from the misstep i took along the way. My back ached after hours of hiking and carrying a heavy backpack. I was so excited to see her and was even willing to go on great lengths for her but why does she have to be cold to me?
When i reached the camping site, she was barely smiling. My memory of her deep-blue waters were now replaced with dark gloomy waters. The skies were dark and raining. I looked for her guardians but they were all concealed in a fog. Every now and then the wind would blow strongly. I would turn my gaze towards it and watch it shook the trees. It also beat our tents like it doesn’t want us there. Still i sat in silence. I sat infront of her even when she’s hiding her face from me. I waited for that itsy bit that she would break a smile … but she didn’t. It was heartbreaking.
But then i saw the soft rippling waves of the lake. I heard the crickets sing and those fleeting moments that she whispered through the winds. The occasional singing of the wild birds reached my ears.She was just right there. I’m right here-waiting.
The numbing cold started to set in as the night ensued. Her used to be star-filled sky was dark and nothing more. I couldn’t warm myself for i had begun losing heart when i realized i cannot fully see her smile.
When was the last time i saw her in all of her beauty and grandeur? It was a year ago. I never thought that she would lose heart and mope when we met again. I cuddled myself inside the tent and waited till day break in hopes that she will change her mind and smile to me again.
The night was harsh as the winds kept on beating our tents. I kept waking up,sometimes because of the sound,sometimes because of the creeping cold and sometimes because of the thought that we were on a bit of misunderstanding.
The next day came and i jumped out of the tent longing to see her change her mood. It was still dark. There was abit of rain. I can make out the silhouettes of the guardians and the light glow of the lake but when the cold morning wind blew, i was forced back inside the tent thinking that she can wait for abit. I was excited to see her but i also shivered.
I waited for a few more minutes and went out again. By then, she was dimly lit. I realized that the sun will not be coming out soon, the skies were cloudy but i was glad that her guardians were out. I walked down to her,to the edge of the water. I suddenly felt shy but managed to gave her a simple “hi”. Her cold wind softly brushed to my face. A sigh escaped my lips. She just had her bad weather days and she was sorry for being gloomy.
I told her how beautiful she is. How her crown were as green and as grand as i have first witnessed her. I told her she was precious and that it doesn’t matter how long it took me and difficult it is to trek her trails for as long as i will see her again. I told her how it broke my heart when she had a bad weather but was now glad that i was able to see a glimpse of what i fell in love with. I told her that i understood that there will be times the sun won’t come out and that i will never stop loving her the way i always did. I told her how glad i was that she wasn’t abused and that she was well taken cared of. I told her to take her time to rest in the days to come when nobody’s allowed to tread her grounds and row in her waters. I told her to just think of my love and that little will she know, soon enough i’ll back in her arms.
Our time was short and i had to leave.
I left with a smile in my face. I went back on the trail we took when we came. I struggled. I sweated. I strained my muscles and lose my breath. When we reached Salacafe’s starting point, i looked back and thought of what i endured to see her. I smiled. She was worth every hardship and adventure….