#13 Life of Secrets - A Clean Slate
My life has become made of secrets. Some are frivolous, some are dirty, and some will never see the light of day. I should never have stopped at the statue and listened to the music. I cannot taint such goodness with my dirty soul. And make no mistake, it is dirty from the lies and filth I've uncovered. I don't know if I'll ever be clean. As I look over the cliff side where it all began for me, I hear the scrape of a raptor claw on the rocks behind me. I know who it is. The creak of a saddle tells me he's close. I feel him close to me before he speaks. "I've looked everywhere for you. And now I've finally found you." I could feel the hair raising on the back of my neck. This was another defining moment in my life. A moment to decide if I should run or if I should stay. I turn to face him. I still see the goodness in his eyes. A goodness that I know I will tarnish. How can I be good enough for him? My soul weeps as I realize I never will be. "I.. I'm not.." I begin to explain that to him. He places a finger on my lips. "Shh. You are." I raise my hands and look at the scars I’ve collected over time. Battle wounds and forge wounds alike. Yet all I see is the blood that coats them. He takes my hands in his and brings them to his lips and places a kiss on my knuckles. "My life is full of secrets," I whisper. He smiles the most beautiful smile I've ever seen. "I know," he simply states. A peace settles over me as I realize the truth of his words. He does know. And it doesn't matter to him. With him I will have a clean slate. We watch the sun glistening on the lazy river, the only sound is that of life's secrets as they pass us by.
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