The view was much better coming down; I could see part of the lake which was finally beginning to freeze, the treeline across the road and the night sky, its stars and their inky black setting accented to perfect clarity by the freezing air. I saw Orion in his flight across the heavens to the South-East with Siris and Canis Major at his heels. It was beautiful. About ten seconds after the thought of being a waste of time I looked further upward and at just that moment a meteorite passed right through my field of vision. A bright streak of flame and gold that lasted a full second before flashing out like moonlight on a spiderweb. I stopped in my tracks and at that moment I saw only that steak of light through the stars. The mail, the cold, my fatigue was all forgotten as I stood in awe in the middle of the street in the middle of the night.
I came back to myself when I realized I was walking again but my eyes were still to the sky. I could still feel the cold, but it didn't bother me anymore. My step was lighter, the walk was shorter and I laughed to myself as I ate my own words. I love the stars.
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