Frogs

by themapofantarctica

 

Jon was angry.  Jim was angry. Jim was very angry. Jim was very, very angry. Jim was very, very, very angry. Jim was very, very, very, very angry. Jim was very, very, very, very, very angry. Jim was very, very, very, very, very, very angry.

He looked at his writing.

‘Hmmmm’, he thought. It seems a bit too irate. I should maybe try and be a little more calm, a little more… he tried to think of the word. ‘Sanguine’, he said, aloud.

He tried again.

 

Jim was calm. Jim was very calm.

 

It was already lacking bite. He refused to continue. Point blank refused. You don’t want your reader to fall asleep at the wheel. He started thinking deeper. Thinking about who Jim really was. Jim had been at work all week and he had been working really hard at the office. He thought about how he would feel if he had been at work all week, working really hard at the office.

 

Jim was tired. Jim was very tired. Jim was very, very tired. Jim was very, very, very tired.

 

It’s a bit too similar to calm, he thought. Looking at the clock, he saw that it was gone midnight. He yawned. He took a sip of coffee and ploughed on, determined to see the piece through. He had done this before and great things had come out of nowhere. Literally blazing passages of furious writing. He could tell he was on the cusp. It would happen any minute. He thought again. Thinking helps, he thought. He thought about Jims soul. Deeper than before. Deeper than work or public identity, he considered the bassline of Jims existence, raw and uninhibited. Jim had always loved nature, loved walking in the trees that were a short distance from his house. He looked back over his work. Perhaps that was why he was calm, he thought. Nature tends to have that effect. Jim also had a vague memory of looking at frogspawn in the pond at the bottom of his garden. Watching it grow and hatch into tadpoles before metamorphosising into frogs. He had never gotten over this. Even into adulthood. It was like a miracle. How would Jim feel about this? About this natural wonder, magical and unexplainable.

 

Jim was inspired. Jim was very inspired. Jim was very, very, very inspired.

 

Shit, he thought as he noticed he had written one too many very’s to describe Jim’s emotional state. He got wound up and threw a pen across the room. It hit the wall and fell to the floor. Silence. He thought about starting again and working on how angry Jim was, but he was a persevering kind of guy. He refused to back down in the face of small defeats. Anyway, he had found inspiration, and you can’t throw that sort of thing away just like that. He thought again about the frog. How amazing it was. He had an impulse to see a frog, right there and then. He looked out of the window at the night sky, crisp and alight with stars and moonbeams. Within a minute he was on his feet and pulling on his jacket. He left the piece of paper on the table. There was a bracing chill as he shut the door and he zipped up his jacket. He walked quickly down the road and towards the trees and pond. When he got there he saw that the ground was still damp from the rain earlier in the day. He had only put his trainers on. No matter though, it would be worth it. He continued into the darkness of the trees, following a short path that he remembered taking previously. Yes, he was near the pond now. He could smell it. He took a few steps away from the trail, into the wrangle of branches and long grass. He checked his watch and it was a quarter past two in the morning. Thirty seconds later he was there. His feet were swamped and his trainers potentially ruined. It didn’t matter. The moon was beaming down and he was there at the pond. He let his eyes drift across the sight. Bullrushes, a shopping trolley, decaying leaves scattered across the surface of the water. Crisp packets and car tyres, too. The flat surface of the water looked like oil, thick and impenetrable. He bent down to look in more detail, to observe the goings on beneath the surface. He saw plentiful pondweed and algae amassing at the edges of the water, but no frogs or frogspawn.

 

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On the way home he stood in the middle of the road, pools of water amassing around his feet. It was November he realised before trudging back to his front door. He didn’t remove his shoes before going back into the house.

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