Becomes One Hundred Stories #5: Climbs a Distant Mountain

This is a piece of short fiction in the style and universe of three of my novels: Becomes the Happy Man, Becomes God’s Silent Prophet, and Becomes the Meaning Blossom.

Climbs a Distant Mountain

The young man went for a walk.

The young man left the place where he lived in the loft of the place where he stored food for the beasts in the enclosure outside, and he went for a walk to the mountains. The mountains of his homeland. The young man went for a walk from the place where he lived to the mountains of his homeland. And it was a long walk.

The young man walked across farmland, across meadows, along rivers, and through forests. The young man slept at night and walked during the day.

The girl in the pink dress had recently left the young man’s homeland to marry her man in the neutral land where the young man would one day fight in the war and become wounded and recover from his wounds, but where he would not fall in love.

The young man missed the girl in the pink dress, although he did not want to admit it.

The young man arrived at the mountains of his homeland after four days of walking. After four days of walking and three nights of sleeping.

The young man arrived at the mountains of his homeland and he began climbing one of the mountains of his homeland. The young man climbed the mountain until it was too dark to climb, and then the young man slept through the night.

The young man dreamed of the girl in the pink dress. The young man dreamed his normal dream about the girl in the pink dress, but this time the young man also dreamed that the young woman was with them.

The young man woke from his dream in the early morning before sunrise. The young man woke from his dream and wondered why the young woman had appeared. The young man had no special feelings at that time for the young woman.

The young man ate some of the food he had brought with him for his morning meal, and he sat on the side of the mountain and waited for the sun to rise.

The sun rose.

The sun rose, but before the sun peeked over the horizon, it already lit the sky. The sun already lit the sky and the earth and the mountain. The sun already lit the mountain, and the young man had already resumed climbing the mountain by the time the sun peeked over the horizon.

The young man climbed to the top of the mountain. He arrived at the top of the mountain at midday. The young man sat at the top of the mountain and he ate his noon meal. He ate his noon meal from some food he had brought with him.

The young man thought about the third girl. The third girl who still lived and worked in the place where the old woman had lived before she died. The third girl who had asked the young man when he was a boy what he was doing with the container of strong drink before he had used it to take care of a difficult problem. The young man did not think about the container of strong drink or about the difficult problem he had solved when he was younger. The young man only thought about the girl. The third girl. The third girl who still lived and worked in the place where the other girls lived and worked after all those years had passed.

The young man had met the third girl the morning he left for his walk to the mountains of his homeland. The young man had met the third girl in the place where the girls and the young man prepared food. In the place where the young man usually was the only one who prepared food but where he usually prepared enough food for himself and the girls.

The third girl had said she missed the girl in the pink dress.

The young man had not replied. He had continued preparing his food for his long walk.

The third girl asked if the young man missed the girl in the pink dress.

The young man said he didn’t think much about it, and he continued preparing his food for his long walk.

The third girl said she wanted the young man to know he could have her any time he wanted.

The young man said he didn’t want to hurt her feelings, but he didn’t want to have any of the girls who lived and worked in the place where the girls lived and worked. The place where the old woman had lived before she died.

The third girl said didn’t he like her.

The young man said yes, but not in the way she meant.

The third girl said to pay no attention to her. She said she just missed the girl in the pink dress.

The young man left extra food for the third girl, and he said she could share it with the other girls.

The third girl said she would share it, and she thanked the young man for the food.

The young man approached the door and the third girl tried to kiss him. She landed an awkward kiss on his cheek as he shied away from her sudden movement.

The young man apologized, and he kissed the girl on the forehead, and he said he didn’t feel that way. He gave the third girl a tepid hug and he left.

The young man had always been awkward around girls. Except in his dream. His dream with the girl in the pink dress. The dream with the girl in the pink dress and this new version of the dream with the young woman joining him and the girl in the pink dress.

The young man looked out at his homeland from the top of the mountain, and he forgot about the third girl. He mostly forgot about the girl in the pink dress. But he did not forget about the young woman. The young man thought about the young woman from the top of the mountain, and he could see the sea from the top of the mountain. He could see the sea, but he could not see the islands beyond the horizon of his homeland that he would one day swim to. The islands were even beyond the horizon as seen from the top of his homeland’s mountains.

The young man saw the sea, but he could not see the beach where he would one day meet the young woman and arouse the temper of the other young man before swimming to the islands beyond the horizon of his homeland. He could not see the beach because it was too far away and the strand was too narrow, but he could feel it. He could feel something important would happen in that place he could not see. He could feel the future even if he could not remember the future.

The young man walked down the mountain. The young man walked to the bottom of the mountain before night. When night fell, the young man slept. The young man slept a dreamless sleep. When the young man woke from his dreamless sleep, he walked home. He walked back to the place where he lived across from the place where the girls lived and worked where the old woman had lived before she died. The young man walked four days and slept three nights on his walk from the mountains of his homeland to the place where he lived. The young man did not dream in any of his sleeps on his journey, but he could feel the future, and he could feel much would happen, both good and bad, in the years to come.

The young man entered the place where the girls lived and worked, and he went into the place where he prepared food. He had eaten the last of his food the day before, and he was hungry.

While the young man prepared his food, the third girl entered the place where he prepared food, and she held the hand of the other young man. The other young man had come for the third girl to do some work for him. The young man and the other young man avoided eye contact.

The third girl smiled and said she was sorry. She said she didn’t know the young man had returned.

The young man could see she knew very well he had returned.

The third girl beamed at the other young man and then whispered to the young man that she didn’t miss the girl in the pink dress anymore.

When the young man climbed to his sleeping place above the place where he stored food for the many beasts in the enclosure outside, he realized he didn’t miss the girl in the pink dress anymore either. Mostly.

 

To read more stories in the series, see the Becomes One Hundred Stories page.

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