The sudden rain darkens the day.
An encounter on the narrow path in the forest.
I step aside and walk through the puddle. A fine smile under her dark hood. Turned inwards. Within, a thought of her own, a feeling of her own. A precious moment. The gaze covered, lowered to the earth. To be recognised. Being recognised. To be noticed. To be respected. Three seconds of chivalry. Three seconds of security.
Three seconds that I wish the whole world could feel.