We never expected them to be so red or so lustrous. Walking along a burnt and dusty road, grateful to have finally left a trail of children behind us, we crested a hill overlooking a cerulean lake and noticed clusters of bushes littered with scarlet berries. Neither of us had seen coffee cherries before and could only guess at what they were based solely on the fact that we were in a coffee-producing region.
Once we arrived at our guesthouse, the owner offered a tour of their coffee processing facility for a small fee; we gladly took the opportunity to learn more. You rolled a cherry between your fingers before pressing it just hard enough so that juices seeped out slowly. Watching your nimble fingers wheeling the berry until its seed poked out its shoulder, glistening and coy, I ripened. You abruptly opened your mouth to make a joke about popping cherries, but thought better of it almost as soon as the thought had formulated.
We were disappointed by how the scent of coffee beans isn’t intoxicating until roasted, fascinated by the silky slime of the beans in their natural state (much like a skull sliced open to reveal a brain), delighted with the contrasting colors of the sloughed-off skins against their innards. Having a tactile experience – any tactile experience – breeds my desire for more, and by the time I’d run my fingers through a scattering of beans left to dry, I was ready to feel all of your textures. The cartilage maze of your ears, the soft spirals of your hair, your layers of blood-warmed skin covering taut muscles.
The countryside sleeps early – farmers who are used to a cock’s awakening have an internal clock that knocks them out as they lie – but we were buzzing all night. Unable to sleep, we crept through rows of pale moon beans until we reached the shores of Lake Kivu below. We’d intended to sit on the sand and canoodle a bit, but as soon as your lips touched mine, everything was on the table. You slipped my Cool Max T-shirt and sports bra over my head, not put off by days of hiking stench; I slid my much-too-short pajama pants off your long legs, and we edged our way to the water.
We inched in together, but I was the first to submerge, diving in fingertips first, coming up to smooth my hair back and wipe the parasite-infested water from my eyes. My breasts shone in the half moonlight – incentive enough for you to swim over to me to cup them lovingly in your massive hands. You kissed my neck and I encircled your cock in my curling fingers, stroking it to the music in my head. We glided deeper into the water, and I wrapped my legs around your waist. You stood deep enough to allow you to grip my hips and pump my body along the length of your cock, the buoyancy of the water aiding your effort. I tried to hold on, but your seal skin made me feel like a drunk girl on a mechanical bull. My hips bucked this way and that, my hands fishtailing all over your back.
A sudden breeze chilled me; I flopped backward into the water, dolphin-kicking away toward the beach. You followed, grabbing my ankle and dragging me back. “Not so fast,” you said, wrapping your arms around me in a vice grip. “You owe me one more kiss.” I leaned in, soaking, til my lips were just grazing yours, and I breathed into you. “Bring me back up that hill and I’ll give you much, much, more,” I replied, my promise fluttering in echoes, bouncing off the silent, drying beans which were winking at us under the moon.
The Engineer and I both hiked the same trail in Rwanda, but not together; this is a fantasy of what I would have liked to happen had we been hiking in tandem.