The Storm before the Calm
The early lives of Hiro and Venus
By Ron D Smith
Copyright 2012 Ron D Smith
For Isabel, Noah and Sophia
The farmer stood in his doorway and watched the sky turn dark with the formation of roiling, tumescent clouds. He should have been overjoyed, because his land and the land of everyone else he had ever known desperately needed moisture. But years of drought had taught him that optimism was for fools. If the Powers let it rain, it would be time to rejoice. If not, well, he was used to that already.