Chapter 32 - Returning Home
Black clouds started to coalesce across the sky, making it almost impossible to believe that the weather had been clear just a few moments ago.
“We should return quickly,” Anna said, turning around to head back where they came.
Dylan grabbed her hand. “It’s already too late,” he meant to say, but before he could even finish speaking, a long, lengthy raindrop landed right on Anna’s forehead.
Their gazes met. Then, at the same time, they both walked toward the direction they came from.
Although it was bad that the rain was harsh enough to disturb their vision, they inevitably couldn’t imagine running all the way back home with it pummeling them as heavily as it had now begun to.
“What do we do now?” Anna asked. Her voice was washed out by the rain, and she wasn’t sure if Dylan had gotten her message.
He surveyed their surroundings. Then, he spotted a small house deeper into the forest. “Let’s go in there first,” he said, “so we can get out of the rain.” He took her hand once more and they broke into a sprint.
Huff, huff. Stopping in front of the modest wooden hut, they collected their breath. Before he started knocking on the door, Dylan instinctively directed Anna behind him so he could shield her presence with his. He had to bend down a bit due to the door’s unusually low height.
“Is anyone there?” he called. There came no answer. After knocking one more time only to receive the same result, Dylan went ahead and carefully turned the doorknob, discovering that it was never locked. He made sure to check that no one was inside before he brought Anna in.
Judging from the old fishing rod leaning on the wall, the place seemed to serve as temporary housing for people who wished to rest and recuperate. It was a small and convenient home offering only a few chairs and a small pot stove.
The pair’s body temperatures were falling drastically in the aftermath of getting soaked by the rain. Upon noticing Anna’s complexion rapidly draining into a pallor, Dylan hurriedly lit up the stove. “It would be best to take off your clothes,” he said.
“What if someone comes in?”
“There’s no one who would willingly come all the way out here in this kind of weather.”
Anna’s expression still conveyed some skepticism despite his claim as to the impossibility of anyone finding them. Turning to the window, she wiped the condensation from the glass and peered outside to check on the weather. However, due to how heavy the rain had become, she couldn’t see anything beyond her position inside.
Dylan was right. The only people crazy enough to endure this kind of weather and come all the way here were him and herself.
He removed his shirts and pants first, laying them on the back of a chair and revealing his prominent musculature and rock-hard abs as he strutted around the hut. Anna followed his lead and pulled down the zipper on her back, taking off her dress and brassiere so she could hang them on the back of a chair as well.
Keeping her chest concealed with her hands wrapped tight around her arms, she sat before the stove and tried to get warm.
“Looks like this is the only thing that will be useful,” Dylan announced, procuring a blanket from somewhere and draping it over Anna’s shoulder. He sat down right next to her.
“Wouldn’t other people be worried about us?” Anna asked.
Dylan easily addressed her worries and reassured her. “They’ll probably think we’re off avoiding the rain somewhere.”
The embers on the stove seemed to flare for a moment. The warm glow of the fire spread itself gently across the couple’s bare skin.
“It looks like I only ended up troubling you by bringing you all the way out here,” he murmured, depressed.
Anna shook her head and locked her arms around his. He could feel her perky, bouncy breasts squishing against his muscular arm. “I’m plenty happy. I got to know about this beautiful place. If I died without knowing this place ever existed, I would’ve regretted it for all eternity.”
“Do you speak honestly?”
“Yes. There isn’t a single lie in anything I’ve said.”
She looked up at him and smiled, her beautiful white teeth glistening. He turned his head to glance down at her and as he did so, he felt himself offer her a smile of his own.