Welcome to another week of Rainbow Snippets. This will be my last snippet for a couple of weeks. On Thursday 12 October, I’ll be on the plane to Tanzania. My climb up Kilimanjaro starts on Saturday 14 October and takes a week. I arrive back in the UK on Sunday 22 October, so I’ll be absent from snippeting until the week after. I’ll try to read everyone else’s when I get back and post a new one the next week.
I’m intending to write a blog post on my own experience on the mountain too, and I’ll add a link to that in my next snippet post for anybody who’s interested in reading about it. Ash and Sean can then continue their story following in my footsteps.
As for this week’s snippet – Ash, Sean, and the training team reached the summit of Snowdon at just after four in the morning. Ash is cold, has sore feet, and Sean looks as tired as Ash feels. Ash asks how he’s doing and then manages to give Sean the wrong idea about his status.
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“Tired. Thank God I don’t have to drive home today like most of these poor suckers. I don’t think I got any sleep. At least two of you were snoring. I should have brought ear plugs.”
“I don’t snore,” I protested.
“Yeah, you do. Ask your, um, wife?”
“Oh.” I didn’t imagine his face falling, and I wasn’t so oblivious I didn’t guess he’d been fishing, perhaps to find out if I was gay, straight, or whatever. Why did it seem so important to let him know me having been married didn’t mean I wasn’t interested? Was he interested in me after all?
“I, um, I’m not—”
“I know you’re not, don’t worry. I wasn’t trying to crack onto you.” He turned away and before I had time to protest and tell him he’d assumed wrong, Jim called out above the low murmur of voices around us.