October is coming – the rainy season is coming.
The first rains always make Snail feel a little joy. The first rains are often showers. People say, if it showers on the first date, that couple will get married. “Funny”, Snail smiles, although she keeps on believing in that legend.
Usually each shower lasts for a short time. Though only for a little time, earth and heaven seem closer than they are.
“So lovely are these tiny purple flowers!” Snail murmurs while crawling on the ground with the black ants. The shower has just stopped. Snail wants to visit her friend, so she comes out of her house.
“Blooming flowers, meaning earth and heaven are in love?” Snail smiles lightly. She crawls slowly to her friend. The shower comes again.
The way to her friend is so far. Snail is slow. Maybe when she comes, her friend is not there anymore. She knows all these things but she keeps on going.
Her friend, Papaya, a young papaya tree lives in the corner of the small pot. He knows Snail will come visit him when the first rains come. So he waits for her.
“The smell of wild flowers! Tiny purple flowers!” Papaya closes his eyes in the shower. “So fresh!” He begins to dance.
“Rain, or a dance of earth and heaven?” Raindrops on his hands are dancing. “Perhaps earth and heaven are joyful,” Papaya smiles and sings.
The rain comes. Then the rain goes. Then the rain comes and goes again. Snail has not come yet but Papaya keeps on waiting patiently. He waits for her no matter how many rains come and go.
Finally Snail comes.
Snail: “Hi Papaya! The rain is great, right?”
Papaya: “Hi Snail! Yes, the rain is great. I love the rain.”
Snail: “I love it, too.”
Then Snail and Papaya together watch the rain quietly. The first rains. The October rains.
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