Monday, December 18, 2006

AND NOW WE ARE GONE

It was still pitch darkness as I woke him up. We put on our suits and ties, folded the flag into the box, grabbed it and simply left the revolution as it was: papers, flyers, crumbled up chocolate paper, half eaten apples, piles of dirty plates and pots with stiffened spaghettis, sour milk, Iranian plastic sandals scattered over carpets, turned over furniture and dozens of empty water bottles and plastic bags filled with stinking garbage growing out of the kitchen corner towards the fluff and dust mice creeping from the other sides and corners over the floor. Down in the still silent alley we waited for some minutes, and then the taxi arrived. We dumped the box into the trunk, got into the car and the driver took off through the deserted streets and boulevards northwards, the two of us on the back seat, silenced, not a word, sitting side by side on our way out of this, out of Teheran, out of Iran, out of History. At the foot of the mountains in the first grey of day we hired a man with a skinny donkey, we loaded the box on the back of the donkey and started walking up the mountain path, side by side and ever so silent, eyes fixed on the box, the incomprehensible Chinese writing rocking slowly from side to side on the back of that poor animal trying to get hoofhold between stones and rubble, hungry and worn out from twenty seventy years of permanent revolution. Eventually the path would come to an end and so did the donkey, and so we had to take over. I handed the donkeyowner the last few hundreds of thousands of rials, we took hold of the box, and so me and Thomas just started to walk, or rather: climb. The camera couldn't follow us much longer now, or maybe it just wouldn't, used as it was to the urban life with lots of voices, traffic noise and revolutionary rumble, but at least it tried, zooming in on us as we, with growing difficulties, slower and slower, climbed up the grey rock of the mountain, one of us climbing over the other who then handed him the box by pushing it upwards before he himself became the one to climb over the other and so on and so on and on, hands aching and starting to bleed, my ridiculous silver grey sneakers and his excellent black shoes bought in Dubai no longer able to find foothold in this world, sliding, pebbles starting to roll, fall and throw themselves into the abyss as we, in your eyes, through the camera, slowly disintegrate or rather dissolve into the grey of the rock, no longer those perfect Europeans, those classic revolutionaries, those Iran seducers, now just a faint grey movement in the grey of the rock and then, finally, now (but who am I to tell you this?) we are gone.

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