It was raining. She ran through the rain, her little feet pounding on the wet pavement, droplets running through her wispy brown hair. Lightning. She shrieked and ran faster. The trees swayed violently, flinging fresh H2O in every direction. There was the dark house. She was so close…
As she pounded up the path, she noticed behind her a little daisy being pounded into the earth by the violent gales of rain. She stopped suddenly, staring at the poor flower, shivering as the water washed over her and soaked her completely. She could feel the pools in her shoes, the rain soaking her socks, rinsing through her jacket and skirt, washing its way through her sloppy, wrecked ponytail. She stared at it, half blind in the rain, before turning on her heel and running even faster than before to the house.
Up the stairs, across the deck, through the door, onto the welcome mat. She stood there, shivering for a short moment before shaking herself and turning her attention to the umbrella stand sitting next to the coat rack beside the door. She grabbed a large black umbrella and raced back out the door to the sound of her mother yelling after her that it was storming, it was dangerous and cold, don’t go out there!
Out the door, across the deck, down the steps, along the path. She skidded to a stop beside the poor drowning daisy. She crouched down beside it in the pouring rain and fumbled with the umbrella for a second, fingers frozen, clumsy, and slippery. The big black umbrella finally snapped open above her and the struggling daisy, protecting them both from the rain.
And there she sat, shivering and wet, for the better part of an hour, protecting the little flower until the storm passed and the rain stopped. When she finally closed the dripping umbrella, it was warmer and she was almost dry. The sun was peaking out from behind some remaining storm clouds. And the daisy had perked up, was dry and straight again. She smiled, and walked slowly up the path, ascended the stairs, crossed the deck and trudged, grinning, through the doorway.