Two characters walking towards you, silhouetted against the red sky, a beautiful sunset up in the hills and a perfect spot for some mystery and intrigue. You may just wonder, what happens at sundown...
From time to time Theo's paintings have inspired short stories from his customers, and here is one by Barbara Strain that he would like to share with you:
The Evening Stroll
Two men reach the brow of the hill, the setting their figures silhouetted against the setting sun. Heads cast down, hands in pockets, they were deep in thought.
They stopped and turned back, towards the town.
‘The end of another hot day,’ said one.
‘Ha, in many ways, Josh.’
‘True, Jake, but it will be worth it at the end.’
Jake looked up to the taller man. ‘I just feel so…responsible.’
Josh smiled grimly, ‘Yup, that’s three now, counting Emily, all your responsibility brother mine.’
‘I just wish I’d…’
‘What, it’s a bit late for regrets now,’ said Josh, leaning against the trunk of a tree.
‘I know, but, well, Josh…’
‘Hey, it’ll be OK. Doc says he’ll make sure everything’s OK.’
‘Easy for Doc to say that, Josh. He’s just a cool character; don’t know how my heart aches.’
The sound of a thin wail on the air made Josh look up. He inclined his head towards town, where the lights were coming on in the windows of the nearest house. ‘Sundown,’ he said, ‘Just as he said. And the lights are all on, as agreed Best get back now.’
Jake looked up too. And smiled. ‘I guess Doc did alright, then.
‘Yup, all safe and done. Congrats, brother, you are the father of twins.’
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