This is the fifth day of the It Rained All Night countdown, and today’s snippet is the opening of the book. It rains the first time Henrik meets Mikko and it rains on the night the story takes place. Mikko loves the rain, and Henrik likes to take pictures of it whenever he can. He sends them to Mikko, making his friend happy, and every time it rains, Henrik thinks of Mikko.
My first real memory of Mikko Salminen is him standing in the rain. Head tilted back, face turned skyward, the corners of his mouth curled up, as though he was drinking in the drops of the gentle spring rain. As though he was a tiny bud, collecting the nourishment he needed to grow into a rich green leaf. He held out his arms, as though he was welcoming the precipitation, inviting it into his space, drinking it down into his roots.Quote from It Rained All Night
Today’s song is by The Pogues, a song I’ve loved since I heard it the first time back in the 1980s. Ugh, that makes me old, doesn’t it? 😀
I took shelter from a shower
And I stepped into your arms
On a rainy night in Soho
The wind was whistling all its charms
Tune back in tomorrow for a new snippet, and a very special version of a classic rain-themed song by a Swedish band.
Can a chance meeting in the rain change someone’s life?
Meeting someone who can make him stop going is an eye-opener for Henrik. The man, Mikko, is his complete opposite, a steady rock in the wild rainstorm that is Henrik’s life, but the connection between them is both unexpected and instantaneous. Their encounter only lasts a few minutes, but before they part, they exchange phone numbers.
They live far away from each other, but soon they text and call daily, until Mikko is Henrik’s dearest friend and most trusted person. But a late-night question on the phone has Henrik re-evaluating his feelings. It’s impossible to love someone you’ve only met in person once…right?
Is the connection Henrik and Mikko forged long distance enough to sustain them when they meet again? And will their love be strong enough to give them the happily ever after they deserve?
M/M contemporary / 7673 words