Swimming in the Dark by Thomasz Jedrowski
“All I wanted was to stand there and take you in. You opened your eyes, gray-blue and brilliant. You looked at me, and my heart skipped a beat.”
SWIMMING IN THE DARK
He's 22 when he's remembering Beniek, the two of them, 9 years old at the time, riding across the iron bridges over the calm, Oder River. It's a Tuesday, right after Bible Study. The look on Beniek's face is one of pure joy, utter freedom.
Then comes the darkness, on the day of their communion. They'd planned to be there together but Beniek doesn't show up.
Ludwik can't seem to shake the memory of him. It's hard to forget your first love.
|by Kuba Dabrowski|