Follow Brandon and Rae in their emotional rift I’ve chosen to call The Great Divide, the place where waters change course, from flowing east toward the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to flowing west toward the Pacific Ocean, and the vast horizon beyond.
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Now, it was a long way back, days later and still no idea how to begin again. Still he thought he knew the way out was forward. When he left her standing there he knew there was a certain future waiting – it was written on the contract in his pocket. So at least the ride west gave him a road to concentrate on.
Strange how the places we come to now can just dissolve in the light of day, like the shroud of fog in San Francisco Bay, resisting the morning sun as it climbs through the sky. Still, it was anguish he felt wondering, the simple thought of her made him feel it all again. It was as if there had been centuries of living, as if immortality was the gift he had discovered, and as that fog evaporates in the noon day sun, eternity seemed to go too. He tried not to look in the rear view mirror as he left New York that day, but the sun behind them in his rear view mirror caught his eye, and now that image was a photograph in his mind.
Standing in the road the smell of gasoline drifted past his senses, and brought him back the present, the place where exhausted and wind beaten, he ended the yesterday’s ride. He had parked the bike in the dark, unrolled his sleeping bag, dragged the boots from his feet, letting sleep and fatigue, engulf him. He had fallen into a black night that had no dreams, into a sleep of the dead – just the way he’d felt since the day he left.
So which road west this morning? With his eyes still puffy, and dry from the long dark sleep, he felt himself crawling in to a new day. Where was today’s destination? Starting it all over again – heading toward the future, still searching for the answer to the enigma that was Rae. He was lost – for the first time in his life, he couldn’t find the answer. He couldn’t even find a path toward it, all his scientific methods weren’t working.