Jake Miller crouches by the lake, amid a field of lavender flowers, and watches the raindrops bounce in the lake.
Running his hands over his hair, he walks on the trail. He puts his hands his pockets and stares at the gray sky. He turns around and looks back at the lake. He puts on his sunglasses as he continues to walk and then removes them.
Wearing his sunglasses, he stands by the lake and spreads out his arms.
As he walks, he passes a graffitied sign and puts his hands in his pockets. He takes one last look.
Jake Miller drives for another an hour with the radio off. Going to the lake stirred up some memories he forgot. He could her his first love’s laugh while she swam in the lake and splashed him with water. He had made love to her that night. While he touched her body, he realized he wouldn’t be able to live without her.
They tried to make it work. He moved to Los Angeles, California right after graduation. She stayed in Florida to attend college. He called her before and after every shift. Sometimes she couldn’t talk. She explained she had an essay to write or a test.
He had to pull away from one woman’s kiss while at the bar. She ran his hands through his hair and told him it was all right. He said he had to leave. He and his girlfriend had been broken up for years. He had the right to do as he pleased. He had congratulated her on being pregnant earlier in the week. At 4 a.m. in the morning, he scheduled a flight back home.
While walking by the lake, tears fall on his cheeks. Those days aren’t going to come back. She has moved on without him. He’s never going to get back together with her. He changes his flight. He wants to go back to California.
Director: N/A Year: 2019