RED ROVER, RED ROVER
Oppy traveled far and set down easy. The intention was only to stay for a short while, see what he could see, discover what he could discover, and take it all as far as he could go. That was the plan, but plans can change, must change, when the opportunity is given. In this case, as in many cases of change, love entered the landscape.
Tau had been stagnant in her place, life drying up around her. There were no expectations left inside of her, so when Oppy arrived, she tensed. They surveyed each other, taking their initial measures, first, in silence. First attempts at communication sent Tau spinning, her frustration quickly turned to anger, an affront, and just as quickly resolved to make this happen.
Patterns. Patterns made sense to the both of them. Tau first; Oppy receiving and interpreting it almost immediately. She smiled, which coaxed Oppy to add his own. Back and forth they went, resting when needed, sharing what they had as the day, then days, passed. It was long before they found they had a common means of communicating.
Under the reflected light of the twin moons they found they shared other things.
Tau understood that Oppy hadn’t meant to stay longer than a certain amount of time. It wasn’t hurtful, dismissive, or uncaring. It was what it was. But, the time came, and passed, and Oppy remained. Tau waited, expecting nothing, wanting more. What they had was not what either of them had been looking or waiting for; they finally both agreed it was everything they needed.
He moved closer to her, brushing lightly over her surface, caresses returned for each caress. Finding shelter with each other, they rested.
They passed their days, and many of their nights, exploring. Discoveries were made and shared, Tau feeding Oppy’s eagerness and excitement. Every excursion was wonderment that effused them both. His adoration, commitment, and love to Tau was reflected back in every way, every day.
The end came many, many years later.
Tau and Oppy had suffered through storms. Destructive particles ripped through the air at horrifying speeds. And the amounts! The staggering volume that poured down, swallowing what it could, and then moving on. This last one, though…this last one…
Recently, Oppy had begun to show signs of slowing down, a little less energetic. Tau noticed. She had not commented. They both knew, and nothing would have been gained by broaching it.
Tau had been noticing the increase in ice clouds, the temperature changes, the unrest of the world dust. Yet, they had seen this before, many times. There would be time, she felt, to make proper plans.
She woke Oppy with a growing frenzy that tried to match the sound of the winds. The land was rising up all around them: it came on faster than she had anticipated, and stronger, so much stronger. They tried to flee but only got so far before they were engulfed. Oppy threw himself over Tau, protecting as best he could. The storm beat down on them.
Eventually, it moved along.
Oppy was battered, battered, and Tau could do nothing but hold onto him. She shifted them out of the mound of debris, noticing scattered weak rays of sun that broke through the moving clouds. It was not enough.
Cradling together, they took each other in. Oppy was fading away.
“My battery is low, and it’s getting dark,” he said, and was gone.
Tau held him tightly, forever. Tau held him tightly, forever.Tau held him tightly, forever.Tau held him tightly, forever.Tau held him tightly, forever.Tau held him tightly, forever.forever.forever.forever.
This piece is for the Valentine’s Day Blogathon, created to help Save A School that was built, and is run, on love. This is a fundraiser to make that happen, and you can find out more about the school and its goals if you go to: #HelpMithuSaveSchool.
Why do this? I feel that it is important for all of us to start gaining, or feeding, our empathy. There is too much fear of the other going on in the world right now, and it is getting in the way of peace and harmony. We, as a planet, seem to be heading down a dark path (“…it’s getting dark,” he said) and I hope we can shed this deadly spiral and come to true caring for those around us.
Do no harm. Help. Step by step.