Clothes soaking through, droplets blurring her vision, cold running periodic shivers through her body – her first experience with rain was so full of ecstasy. She had never been out in the rains before, for fear of the onlookers. But today, she had put herself far away from questioning eyes,  from hurled comments, from passive fears and everything that chained her. She was free, finally, to enjoy the simple joys of existence. The rains soothed her burnt heart and eased her bruised soul. She was the happiest in her moments alone, except for this time. No, this time she wasn’t alone. There were a pair of questioning eyes, looking at her from far and wondering where such a mesmerizing spirit might have descended from?

-Iflah Laraib