The sun hung high overhead in an otherwise empty sky. The air was still and heavy with heat. He made his way down the street looking for some sort of reprieve, but there were no trees and no obviously open businesses in which he might seek shelter. The sun seemed determined to melt him. As the sweat dripped down his back and off his forehead, he became convinced it would succeed.
A single car drove past him, kicking up dust and making it even harder to breathe. He hated the world at that moment. There was nothing about it that was good. Nothing he could think of, anyway. Something cool, something wet. He didn’t want much. Just something that could break up the oppressiveness of the day.
Despite his willing it, no cloud appeared that might produce rain, or even hide the sun for a few moments. All he could do was keep walking and hope he might come across something to provide some relief. Above him, the sun continued to beat down, refusing to show even the slightest mercy.