Nina was surprised how dark and gray the skies became. She had just begun her long walk from school. Her book bag hung heavily from her shoulders. There was much to do, she thought and she barely had time to brace for the rain. The skies opened up and rain fell hard against her back. The rain soaked her shirt and pleated skirt. Heat rose from her chest and she was blowing hot smoke. She was annoyed by the downpour and cursed beneath her breath. Nina slipped on the muddy road and crashed to the ground. Tears welled up in her eyes, but she heard the cackle of rain in the wind. Raindrops rippled along her cheeks and she laughed. Nina stood and twirled in place. She opened her tongue and tasted the sky against her lips. Her arms flew up like the wings of a bird. Nina discovered her own rain dance.