Rain poured down against her back. It was unfair- the skies were clear when she'd left for the cafe. When she checked the weather his morning, she was positive it had called the day, "partly cloudy."
Partly cloudly? That was a cute idea.
Thunder boomed across the sky. She cursed under breathe as she began to walk faster. Water seeped into her worn combat boots and dripped from her soaking hair. She kept her arms crossed, and her head down, attempting to keep her precious journal safe.
Lightning flashed, illuminating the streets. She was almost home. She imagined the apartment, her warm and dry apartment. the thought encouraged her to move faster. Her socks were soaked now, and the wind had thrown wet locks in her face.
Finally, she reached her apartment just as thunder crashed again. In a vain attempt not to track wet footprints through the lobby, she dragged her boots against the carpet outside her building. After a moment, she gave up and simply ran for the elevator. She didn't want to leave a mess.
Luckily for her, a family was exiting the elevator went she got there. They, unlike her, had umbrellas. They hurried past her, and she hurried into the elevator.
After a few excruciating moments, the elevator reached her floor. She scurried out of the elevator before she could she see the puddle she'd created. A few steps and her hand was knocking against wood. The door opened, and she was immediately embraced. She melted into the hug, taking a deep whiff of sandalwood.
"Natalia, Nat, Nat oh my god why would you walk in this weather? Are you okay? You're soaking wet."
Natalia stepped back from the hug but kept her hands on her boyfriend's arms."Leo, I'm okay. Yes, I'm wet but I'm okay." A knot of guilt formed in her gut. She hated making Leo anxious.
Leo took a deep breath."I made you a cup of tea, lavender tea. And I filled the tub up."
Natalia smiled. "I love you."
Leo gave her a soft grin."I love you too. Even when you get stuck in thunderstorms."