It’s 07:30 am and like every morning I’m late for work. While getting me ready, I turn on the television to hear the morning program, aimed at working women. Sophisticated is the program name and I laugh to myself. Sophisticated? I would be pleased if I could just be awake at 07:30 am. Sophistication, honey, should be part of that night schedule. I tidy, while the presenter announces the attractions of the day. Something about the events of the week, an international attraction and a recipe for cooking. Where the hell are the car keys? I wonder. My dog looks at the pile of papers beside the bed, there it is. I turn off the TV before leaving. And I encounter Aidain Tuner as Kili, Dean O’Gorman as Fili and Richard Armitage as Thorin in a live interview to publicize the film The Hobitt – An Unexpected Journey, to be released on next December.
What? My brain explodes in exclamation. Richard Armitage is in Brazil and I don’t know anything about it? Where is the damn car keys? Stroking the head of my dog, I tell him to let the machine answers the phone, so he doesn’t have to be bored trying to explain where I went. My dog agrees with me and wishes me luck.
I take the road to Rio de Janeiro, only 12 hours away. The landscape is amazing, mountainous, covered with remaining of Atlantic Forest. At the bottom, the vision of the Atlantic Ocean. While driving, I think all this is a great madness, but only the travel and the mere possibility find him already makes me happy.
I park the car, the studio is already closed and it is night. I see three guys talking, two of them leaning against a car and one of them sitting on the curb. Aidan and Dean are still characterized as Kili and Fili, but Richard is a black shirt, jeans, and no beard, his hair a bit long as the first season of Robin Hood. The three talk quietly and I approach. Then they stop and look at me, smiling amiably. I return the smile and proceed through embarrassment, but it is too late to turn back.
So, I introduce myself and started the conversation by saying that I saw them in the morning program and I decided to drive for many miles to find them. Dean asks me from where I came, he’s very nice, but my attention is focused on Richard. He is simply amazing as I imagined he would be. I said that I came from Brasilia, and Richard says it is quite far. So, I reply that I’ve been much further than that because of him.
— Explain to me this. He says, his eyes show curiosity.
— I went to New Zealand earlier this year to find you.
— Really?! He says kindly.
— Yes, I reply, sheepishly.
— I never went that far for someone in my life – I say.
— You have to take more risks! He says, smiling. His smile in the corner out of the mouth and hit his eyes.
I reciprocate the smile and say:
— I would risk more if I find people like you in the world. He laughs loudly, throwing his head back. And his laugh is contagious to us all. So we talked about The Hobbit, Tolkien and New Zealand.
The alarm rings, it’s 08:00 am, I turn on the television, Ana Maria Braga and her parrot Jose in their morning programming. Jumping out of bed, definitely, today, will not get to work early. Who cares? I grab the collar of my dog and went for a walk. After all, there’s someone out there waiting for someone exactly like us. My dog agrees with me.