Tall, slender trees were rising up past me on the water ride to town, scarring the black sky with the spring's blossom, illuminated by the celestial light from above. Considering the time of night (thank god for twenty-four hour shops), I chose to take a shortcut through the trees - at least their thick branches would block the rain, as this umbrella was very heavy, and a little shade from the moonlight would make my eyes feel much less violated.
I took a quick right turn between a familiar break in the arboretum, ignoring the vindictive thistles that were intent on forcing me to buy new socks, and following a path that knew me well. Thanks to the canopy above, the dirt path remained dirt and had not descended into it's bastard child, mud, so the walk was far easier than I had expected. Despite the trees' suffocating shadow however, the moon was still glaring in my eyes, I assume it was following me, as no matter where I looked I was being penetrated by the lunar beams.
Glancing at my watch - a timepiece long deprived of a bracelet, which I carried affectionately in my shirt pocket in place of a pocketwatch - I saw it was nearing half eleven, and whilst the store never closed, past midnight the staff tended to sup a little from the wine cooler, and so one could easily expect to find their way home with an assortment of goods they had never heard of, let alone requested. I hastened my pace, not wishing for another tin of horse toothpaste, flying past scurrying animals looking for a meal; they were lucky enough to have a smorgasbord of delights on their doorstep and not need to carry out an expedition just to procure some basic sustenance.
Inevitably at this speed, I caught my foot on some underlying tree root and, travelling at speeds that would have impressed the sports cars, gave myself a free mudbath in the only patch in the whole damn forest that had allowed rainwater in.
Rolling onto my back, the sky pissing onto my face in triumph, I sighed, obscenely gestured towards the clouds and embraced the rainless final stretch of the the woods.
Real plot is coming soon, so hold onto your hats for a whirlwind ride!