Not having a direction in life is hard, but with new adventures come new beginnings!
William is at a loss with the world and needs to find something to direct him. He sets his mind on a new adventure thinking that something will happen to make a difference in his life.
Iris has a secret, she has set out on this adventure to find peace from the loss of her parents, in addition, she is looking for something that will help her deal with her secret. She has lived her life as it comes, without the need for planning. Most would consider her a hippy, but she just goes with the flow.
The two meet on the plane bound for Nepal, both ready for a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp Trail. William had planned his trip, even to the minute detail, other than he has a fear of flying. When the plane hits some rough weather, he goes white-knuckled and Iris joins hands with him to help calm him, but they go their separate ways after the plane lands. Joining him on this adventure, is his two friends, Tom and Noah. While still in Nepal, they again meet up with Iris by accident and suggest her joining them on the trek.
The trek is filled with adventure, interesting stopovers, new friends, plus the addition of “Bob” the dog. The amazing mountains are wonderous, but which also includes an amount of danger, that could happen at any time. Will William and Iris find what they are looking for, and will it be together or not?
I shut the door to my room, exhale and return to my laptop. The cursor on the screen moves to the new mail icon and the mouse clicks a window open. As expected, the mail is from the French guys. I read it out loud to myself and chuckle. These guys are hilarious! I can not wait to meet them. I will include that information in my reply; The final contact before we will meet in Kathmandu. As I press the send-button, an intense rush of nervousness runs through my stomach. I can’t believe that I am actually leaving for Nepal tomorrow!
My mother calls for me from downstairs, and as usual, I move to the door.
“What, mom?!” I yell as I open it hard.
“I have to leave for a meeting!” she shouts. “Dad will be home late as well! There’s food in the fridge! See you!”
I shut the door and return, yet again, to my laptop. This time, the cursor moves to the browser, in which I type Nepal. The thought of being there feels surreal. The place looks so fantastic on these photos.
I turn around on my chair and study my fully packed backpack, while a smile appears on my face. A smile that might make me look like a goat, but who cares.
Nepal, here I come!
Ambling down the streets of Reykjavik, I absorb every single one of the rare sun rays hitting my face. The news from last week doesn’t matter that much to me right now. I feel spontaneous. I feel like doing something new. The mountains on the horizon catch my attention. It’s strange how I thought, that I was used to seeing them, but right now, they look astonishing like nothing else in the world. Nothing can beat my mood now!
I thought… A severe pain in my shoulder hit me, and I am reminded of the news. Well, there goes my happy mood. A bench saves me, as I sit down and manage to relax a bit. Just as I have loved doing all of my life, I sit for a while, just watching people walking by; Some look handsome, some look weird, and some are just… originals.
The mountains on the horizon catches my attention again. I think I saw a flash up there, but I might be wrong. In any case, an idea popped into my head. I can’t stay here in Iceland any longer. I have to adventure again, before it’s too late. I know exactly where to go!
I point the gun at the head of the enemy in front of me. It takes me a second too long to pull the trigger and the enemy turns around, avoids my shot, and shoots me right in my face. ‘GAME OVER,’ the screen says. Tom laughs through the headset.
“We’ve become a bit rusty, huh Noah?” he cheers.
“Certainly, we are,” I admit. “I missed playing with you.”
“Me too, my friend,” he replies. “Me too.”
Enough gaming for today. We make our final agreement, say our goodbyes and hang up. The moment I put down my headset, mom stands at the door, informing that food is ready. Perfect.
Lasagna, with a ton of cheese. Yes!
“Your favorite,” dad says. “Now that we will not see you for a while.”
“We are so happy for you Noah,” mom adds. “When are you leaving tomorrow?”
“I just agreed with Tom to meet in the airport at ten in the morning,” I inform while placing a fork of the delicious lasagna in my mouth.
“That sounds so exciting,” Mom says.
As with most days, we talk and eat, like a happy, little family. Today it doesn’t take long before the meal is completely gone. We all get up from our chairs to move the plates to the kitchen, but before they manage to, I pull both of my parents in for a huge bear hug.
“I will miss you guys,” I admit.
I tell Noah goodbye and put down the headset. What a game. I barely end laughing before Emmy enters the apartment, with an enormous grin on her face.
“We got it!” she cheers. “We got the apartment!”
I get up from my chair and kiss her on the mouth. She laughs. I laugh with her.
“The little one can have his, or her, own room now! We don’t have to stay in this tiny apartment!” she continues.
I move my hand to her belly.
“That’s perfect, Emmy,” I smile. “When can we have it?”
“When you return from your trip,” she informs. “Just before the child comes. It couldn’t be a better timing. I’m so happy, Tom!”
“Me too,” I admit.
I get on my knees and lift up her t-shirt, revealing her little belly.
“You stay put in there until I come home, okay?” I tell the belly. “Dad will come home to you soon.”
My eyes moves to meet Emmy’s.
“Have a good adventure, my love,” she says.
We watch each other for a while.
“I love you, Emmy.”
Just came by to congratulate you on this piece of art. Hope more people find it. A great read.
Fine story, Mill. I loved the unexpected ending. I hope for a sequel somehow. /Britta, Ocea Book
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