The river slowed around the large bend, almost as still as a pond. A fragrant breeze blew through the trees, giving much needed relief from the heat. I could hear a lazy fly buzz past.
I turned towards Kim. “It’s so peaceful,” I said.
She nodded, looking out at the reflections of the trees on the water, not at me.
“It’s nice to be able to find a nice, tranquil corner of the world for a few minutes,” I said.
She just nodded again, still not looking at me.
It was understandable that she would be lost in thought, but on the other hand, I would think she would want some reminder of the loved ones around her. I sure needed the comfort of another living person.
As if reading my mind, Kim edged a little closer and took my hand, though she was still just watching the water. There were tears in her eyes, and yet, strangely, she was smiling.
The green reflections began to turn red and purple. Purple? That was the last color I expected.
The shockwave would soon hit us. We were close enough to the impact site that there could be no escape. The fury of Hell would wash over the land at the speed of sound, erasing everything in its path.
But for one brief fraction of a second as the asteroid made the sky burn purple, I could enjoy the tranquility of the place.
Note – I was totally uninspired by the serial I just started using these prompts. I’m not sure if I will pick it up later, do it off line or drop it. Time will tell…