I was inside Luke's tent. It was one of those giant tents that could take almost 10 people in it. Ricardo, Petter and Daniel were there as well. They were playing cards as usual, and I was reading a book, lying on a sleeping bag. Me and Ricardo didn't manage to set up our tent, and so we gave up... to try again tomorrow. We'll be sleeping in Luke's instead.
All of a sudden, my camera was thrown at the book I was reading, with the screen on, displaying the image of a beautiful butterfly. I couldn't help but stare,mesmerized at the picture. " Wow. " I say.
" You like it? " Annie asked as she walked in the tent.
" It's awesome! " I hold my camera. " How did you take this? This picture is amazing! " I say as my friends gather around to take a look at the image, also having pretty much the same reaction as mine.
" I have my ways. " she said, shrugging. I kept looking at the other pictures she took and came across one that was a big lake. I stopped and just stared at it.
" Wow... " I whispered to myself at some point.
" Do you like that one? " Annie asked.
" It's so beautiful... " I said.
" Aah, it's just a lake, dude. You're just acting sissy now. " Ricardo said as he went back to his seat with the others, and kept playing cards.
" No, I'm not! " I told him.
I kept looking at the pictures as the silence took over the place. Annie knelt next to me as she got bored, turning from a side to another, not really sure what she wanted to do. She didn't feel like playing with the boys, and she certainly wasn't going to ask me for my book to read.
" Hey... do you wanna go outside? " She asked at some point. I turned to her. " Like... exploring, or taking more pictures... " she said. I agreed and invited my friends as well... non of them felt like going, so I left with Annie.
As we were walking in the woods, she kept taking pictures of every little things she'd come across with. She took pictures at insects on the trees, on leaves and bushes, like butterflies, caterpillars, wasps, grasshoppers, ladybugs... every kind of little things that would call her attention, she would rush at them and take pictures.
" Adam. " she calls me. " Have you ever thought of becoming a photographer? "
" Well... Yea, it crossed my mind, I mean... I've made photoshoots at weddings and... "
" Whit THIS camera?! " she exclaims, surprised.
" No... " I tell her. " I have another one... a professional one... "
" Oh my... " she said as she stared at the black screen of the camera. " Here... you're out of batteries, again. " she handed it to me.
We kept walking in silence while I was changing the old batteries to new ones. I had a pack full of them, mixed with the ones that were used out.
" You know... " she says. I look at her. " My mother was a photographer too... "
" Really? Oh, that's so cool! " I tell her. As she let's out a little laugh.
" But she didn't do it for the money... I mean, I-I'm not saying yo-you do it for the money, but... it-it just made me think of her. You remind me a lot of my mother, for some reason... " she says as she smiles at me, then let's out a laughter. " Oh my! What am I saying? Haha... I'm sorry. "
I stared at her as we kept walking. " A-are you... is there anything... I mean, it's okay. You don't need to be sorry. " I tell her as she remains silent. "... The reason why I enjoy taking pictures, is because...I feel so much passion, like... everything has so much beauty. Everything I see has so much... BEAUTY... I just drown myself in it. And I just love it so so much. I love it how it makes me feel... and this feeling... I wanna share it with everyone. I wanna make people feel these same heartwarming waves I feel inside of me, and... " As I'm gesturing my hands, trying to speak myself out, I pause and take a moment to look at her. She is looking at me with a big smile.
" Just like my mother... you're just like my mom! " she lets out a laugh, and then sighs as she covers her face with both her hands. I smile as I finish setting up my camera.
" Here. I changed the batteries. " I say as I hand her the camera. She then refuses.
" No. It's your turn now. I wanna see you in action. " she says. " I wanna know how you feel about this place. I want you to take a picture of something that makes you feel that same ' heartwarming waves' you just told me about. " she then walks out of the way and stands right next to a tree, waiting for me. I stare at her. " Go on... " she says.
" You know where's the heat wave coming from, right now? " I say.
" I feel like I know the answer... " she says as she laughs, covering her mouth with both her hands.
" It's you. " I say. She couldn't help but smile as she pressed her hands against her chest, laughing in disbelief as her eyes were filled with tears of joy. She then tries to hide it, whipping the tears off her eyes.
" Damn it!! " she says. " I'm very sensitive today!! " she laughs, then looks at me. " Thank you. "