‘Playing In the Rain’ Jane Harvey-Berrick
“Can summer love last a lifetime?”
Ava Lawton can’t believe her run of bad luck. It’s supposed to be an exciting time in her life:
fresh out of college, living in a new state, with a new job, and away from her family at last.
But when she’s forced to quit her job, everything falls apart quickly. Suddenly, she’s alone in a
crowd, with no one to turn to.
At her lowest point, a stranger gives her a message that brings her hope.
Now is the time to live life her own way.
Now is the time to choose to be happy.
And maybe it’s time to let a beautiful stranger be part of her life.
I’d never felt so miserable. And it was still raining.
That’s when I saw him.
A blur of movement caught my eye as the rain on my windshield gave the illusion that I was
underwater. He was running, which I suppose is what people do when they’re caught in the
rain. A huge furry dog was running next to him, matching his long, even strides, both of them
drenched and dripping, their feet splashing through puddles, raindrops running off their faces.
His white t-shirt had become transparent and clung to his muscled chest, and I could see the
rapid rise and fall of every breath. He raised his hand, the tendons flexing in his forearm as he
pushed his dripping black hair out of his eyes. And then he’d passed me, leaving a glimpse of
his tight butt in a pair of running shorts, and long muscled legs striding out. All of those things
caught my attention, but what totally captured and held it so I couldn’t look away was the huge
smile of pleasure on his face.
He was soaked to the skin and smiling so wide I could see his even white teeth, grinning like a
loon, like he was enjoying the rain.