Louis can’t remember the last time he’s walked just for the sake of walking, but he stops thinking about every little detail and just does it, sort of how he feels when he chops wood; he just goes, taking bigger steps to climb over rocks. Harry stops and hunches over to look at animal’s paw print in icy mud, frozen there like a fossil. He reaches out to touch it with his fingertip, like he can’t help it, and Louis does the same, places his entire palm over it, smiling.
The unexpected warmth of Harry’s fingers covering his even for a split second is enough to make Louis jerk his hand away with embarrassing speed, and he clears his throat, straightening his legs again to his full height again. It was probably an accident, but Louis just – he can’t even think about it. There’s no part of him unbroken enough to even withstand a casual touch. It’s been a few months since he’s let anyone come that close to him, and even then he wasn’t sober.
“Isn’t there an outlook at the end of this trail?”
Harry fixes his hair underneath his hat, then coughs into his fist as they continue to walk. “Yeah. We’re almost there, actually. You ever see it in the winter?”
Louis shakes his head. “No. Not since I was little. My mom used to like to take us on New Year’s Day hikes, but there was usually too much snow to get this far.”
“That’s a nice tradition,” Harry says, sounding genuinely pleased in a way Louis hadn’t expected. He supposes it is nice, though, another thing he took advantage of when he was actually living through it but which seems romantic and sweet when he looks back.
“I guess so. I think I’d appreciate it more now, you know – oh.”
Louis halts as they reach the clearing at the top of the trail, which has such a steep drop that the park rangers have put a rickety wooden railing a few feet up from the ground. The view is misty, but there are mountains upon mountains stretching back so far that they look infinite.
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