Much of SEETHINGS‘ narrative is written with or around a storm, literally and metaphorically.
In chapter five, Mitchell tries to explain the moments just before a kiss, comparing it to a micro-moment before lightning strikes Earth, a term he coins as anti-thunder.
Our photographer Mitchell is not just obsessed with photographing lightning, he’s obsessed. While chasing down the perfect photo of one, he discovers another sound lightning makes before it connects. It’s subtle, easily missed, a softer zipping noise.
That Feeling Before a Kiss
Mitchell describes this mysterious sound as being same as the intention behind love’s initial kiss, when lovers take a leap of faith and move towards each other for the first time. Emotions are paused in silence. Couples lean-in not knowing whether crossing the gap will devour or save them. It’s an emotional deep-breath.
What happen next is strange and wonderful.
Tasting another’s breath is enticing but it provides no certainty. Even when lips touch, it takes more than that to create lightning. The quiet zipping before a strike exists here.
She won’t tell him it’s okay to continue and he won’t tell her either – not in words. Words spoil. Something else is needed to generate the power to make lightning strike. A tip of a tongue, a parting of lips, a shutting of eyes – will do enough to close the circuit and to let electricity flow.
Before a kiss is electrifying!
That’s when their hearts and minds synchronise. Arms wrap around each other and close the gap between bodies. Here is where lightning strikes and thunder crashes.
Mitchell’s passion to photograph lightning comes from searching for romantic affirmation. Although misguided, his quest is dangerous. And he is not the only one seeking something from these nightly electrical events. There is another moving around in the darkness whose intentions aren’t so innocent or misguided. When the sun rises in the morning, it’s rays will reveal the damage done in darkness. Another lifeless victim will be found.
Did Mitchell see something while he was out there with his camera? Did his lens capture a mysterious shadow in a place where it shouldn’t have been?
Read SEETHINGS to find out more.
-Michael Forman (Author)
Michael has put together a strong, heart beating novel, one which the readers of ‘psychotic thrillers’ will enjoy – for the faint hearted, leave it alone! – Mike M. Roleystone