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  • Grab the handle. Push the button. Squeeze and turn. Open. Feel the air rush in. Feel the cold on your skin.

    Shiver.

    Shake the shiver free.

    Turn the hot tap. Open the valve. Listen for the rush of water through the pipes. The creak, the groan. The water makes its way, squeezes and gushes.

    Watch it stream into the bath, around the basin and run down the plughole. Hold your fingers underneath. Feel the temperature. Too cold. Let it run. Warmer. Warmer. Too hot.

    The steam billows from the bath where the streams batter against the enamel and echo around the room. It rises and hovers towards the ceiling, swirling in the breeze of the cold air as it catches and pulls it all around.

    Turn the cold tap. Slowly. Gradually. Hold your palm open. Feel the temperature. Adjust. Bit by bit. Cooler. Cooler. Just right. Steady.

    Step in. Step under. Let the water fall around you. Feel the itch rise under your skin as the heat beats off your back. Close your eyes as you hold your head under the downpour and let the warmth engulf your body, rippling pimples around every inch of you.

    Feel it drizzle down your neck, over your shoulders, down your arms, over your hands and fall off your fingers.

    Crouch. Breathe deeply. Let it consume you. Keep your eyes closed and sense it. Inhale the heat, the steam. Let if cleanse you.

    Refresh.

    Photo Credit: gomattolson via Compfight cc
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