Monday, June 29, 2009
"Are you alright?"
"I don't know. Where did you come from?"
"I came from the valley."
"The valley? I wasn't expecting to see anyone out here."
"I thought I saw someone up on this hill. On this very spot. And here you are."
"The forest is so thick.... I wasn't expecting to see anyone out here."
"But here you are. And here I am."
"You came from the valley?"
"Yes. You can almost see it from here. Just the tops of the trees. The other mountain also leads down."
"I was just trying my cell phone."
"You can't get reception in the valley. The sides are too steep. See the other side from here?"
"But I should call."
"There's no one to call in the valley."
"My GPS.... It doesn't work."
"There are no signals in the valley. It's strange like that. Too deep maybe. No radio. No television. No satellite."
"Nothing but the valley."
"People in the valley lose track. They forget that nothing reaches valley. They just walk and live and the world moves in odd directions without them."
"How do you know?"
"About the valley?"
"I dreamed strange dreams once. Like you did. I drove in the night and walked through the forest and woke when someone spoke to me."
"I lived in the valley. I don't know how long."
"There's a path for you now. You can follow it down."
"I'm going to walk a bit farther now. To the top of the mountain. I want to see over the ridge."
"I dreamed about you."
"Yes. And someday, you'll dream again. The path will open, and you'll climb, and you'll find another, like you, to come live in the valley."
"As long as you need to be here. Just that long. But....already it's getting hard to remember. I'm going to climb the rest of the way now. Be well."