Here, it is a character development/shared story thread where you may bring your own characters to interact with other characters in a mundane setting along in a Story Arc. Originally an NaNoWriMo
exercise, I've had plenty of fun with this with one of my own characters as it helped flesh out her traits and feelings, even surprising me on the hidden depths that lurk behind the surface.
In spite of the possibly harrowing length, fear not Continuity Lock-Out
/ Archive Panic
; one of us would be glad to fill you in with a brief recap of what is going on if asked. Or rather yet, have a glance at the last two pages.
Raki's bum aches all over with the long-sitting numbness. He can scratch it, but that would entail taking his hands off the steering wheel while his red Nissan speeds the Kananaskis highway. So he shifts himself a little bit — the seatbelt seems to grate along his shoulders. The long and winding road seems to go on forever.
But, ahh, the mountainous hills with their coat of blooming trees more than make up for the wait with their sight, reaching up to the heavens. The blossoming trees border the road and pass by in monotony. Sometimes there's a patch of treeless space and you can catch a glimpse of the river beside, flowing ever eastwards.
Raki feels the brisk air lapping his face from the open windows, tuffing his hair around. It's all appetizer. A two-hour long appetizer on the verge of overstaying its welcome. But don't worry, the main course is coming up sooner than you think. If only the guy ahead of him isn't a turtle.
He arrives at last, where he navigates his car to the nearest free spot at the parking lot, careful not to bump into passersby. With all that done and done, Raki gives his car a well-deserved rest. He makes a good yawning ("Huggguhhhhhh"), before stretching his legs after that ordeal and begin embarking on his trip. Better not forget the knapsack.
Following the other families down the trail, he sees at last the pristine lake ahead, reflecting the evening sky above. Set against the stark backdrop of glacier mountains, people say it's probably the most beloved and most photographed scene in the Rockies. And rightfully so.
Some of the tourists would stand by around, taking pictures of the scenery, alone or as a family portrait. Some canoe down the lake, following the waters between mountains. Raki could only gape and awe at the breathtaking view. He would follow the yellow paved road around the lake, curving beside the majestic Chateau Hotel, and finally disappearing into the shades of alpine trees where it becomes the dirt trail that he would hike up. That is his main course, his raison d'etre here — to savvy from the top the birds-eye view. A memory to cherish for a long time. If he doesn't get too tired beforehand.
In his absent-mindedness, he gets bumped out the way by some impatient pudgy fellow whose overflowing camping pack looks like leaning tower of Pisa. "Watch where yer standing, ya lil' dweeb!"
Raki casts an icy glance at the guy's back, hoping for a second that the pack will fall (per lucky accident, of course), before wishfully admiring the lake once more.
"Sigh.." He looks like someone who got hit by the love thunderbolt.
edited 5th Oct '10 9:46:47 PM by QQQQQ