The message said simply “look beyond what you see”.
He looked to the left, to the right, in front, at the back, sideways, even upside down, but he couldn’t see anything. He began to think it was a trick. Or a prank. He grew tired and, instead, persuaded himself that there was nothing there. But, somehow, he couldn’t leave without discovering something. His godmother wouldn’t leave things so mysterious. There must have been something.
The boy stood there almost an entire afternoon, staring at the horizon and beyond, filling his mind with fantasies of what could have been.
But at that very moment when the sun began to fade, the sky turned orange. It separated the horizon into blue, caramel and yellow, playing with the few clouds that accompanied the disappearing light.
His entire body shivered, not because it was cold, but because of awe and amazement.
He stared at the light quickly fading, with the colours changing faster than you could catch your eyes blinking. It was a few moments in which he was lost, forgetting everything and everyone else and just staring into the infinity of a few minutes that seemed forever.
Sometimes forever is just a few seconds, she had told him.
He had finally understood.