it’s shocking how condescending and self-righteous someone will turn once she doesn’t think she has to be civil to you anymore.
- i love you
- i am sorry
the two most profound and necessary things you can ever sincerely say to another person
was hitting a wall
a big, cunty, self-righteous wall.” —
In the last light I follow a faint trail away from camp and down a short ridge to a small creek and wade shin deep a few yards upstream to a boulder. I climb up on the slick rock and peel off my shorts and lower myself naked into the creek. I paddle about for a moment and then wash up. The forest is quiet and cool and peaceful, and my exhaustion fades to a pleasant fatigue. Then, quite abruptly, I realize that I can no longer find the trail I descended. The forest is so thick I can’t see but a few yards in any direction. Above me, I can’t see through the canopy to the sky.
Then I hear “Hoooo-hoooo!”: Downstream, old Pego stands in the creek, watching me. Quickly, I pull on my shorts and follow him back through the forest and up the ridge to camp. It is the last time that I let myself go beyond sight of another human being.” —Joe Kane, Savages