The silence in the wilderness was highly unusual. Not even a breeze disturbed the air around us. And one had the sense that if there were any noise out there, at however great a distance, we would have plenty of time to prepare before we made visual contact.
Thus we heard the footsteps. But we weren’t prepared for what came.
By the sound we knew it could only be a single individual, making his way across the bedrock of the ground to our front.
We halted and waited, confident we would be hidden from view until whatever it was, was past us.
So, we did not see that it was Raj P until then. I bounded out to greet him.