The Key

When did you start? he asked.
Around sunrise, I said.
Fast fast you ran up?
More like a brisk hike.
Brisk brisk, fast fast, same same.
Hike isn’t same as run, though.
I see, I see. Not even an hour.
It’s not as tough as they said.
Thousand steps, easy, yes.
Yeah. Not too steep either.
But one journey, very tough.
Which journey?
One you missed on the way.
I heard the waterfall. Looked risky.
I see, I see. You come alone?
Yeah. Alone for now. I’m new here.
I see, I see. No wife, no kids?
No wife, no kids. Not yet, no.
I see, I see. No kids, no mangoes.
Which mangoes?
Ones you missed on the way.
Yeah, kids get distracted easy.
Ripe ripe, sweet sweet, not fridged.
Maybe I’ll pick on my way down.
I see, I see. No wife, no gulmohars.
Which gulmohars?
Ones you missed on the way.
Yeah, women get distracted easy.
Red red, scent scent, not bottled.
Maybe I’ll pick on my way down.
I see, I see. No distract. Focus.
Yeah. I wanted to get here first.
I see, I see. No patience, no journey.
Could you just tell me where it is?
No journey, no destination.
Right. Thanks. Here, keep the change.
I see, I see. No need money.
Right. I’ll look this way first, I guess.
No destination, no looking.
Right. I knew it was an urban legend.
I see, I see. So you don’t believe?
The Key to Awareness! Here? Nope.
I see, I see. The teachers will show.
Which teachers?
Ones you missed on the way.
Right. They hold this Key?
They offer Key. No journey, no Key.
Maybe I’ll pick on my way down.
I see, I see.