A young couple walked from their car and headed towards the picnic site. There was a dirt trail, which led to their destination spot. The leaves on the trees were a bright green color for it was early spring. June carried a basket full of food, while Andy carried a cooler of drinks with his radio on top.
“Can’t we just take in the sounds of nature?” said June.
“What is there to hear?” he replied. “Come on, you know I love music, so why are you giving me hell for it?”
She was silent as they hiked. The sun was bright and the air was crisp with a modest breeze. Andy noticed a horse fly buzzing around them, but he paid it no mind. It would probably just fly away eventually. After not seeing the horse fly for a minute or so, he relaxed, until it suddenly came right at him.
“Jesus!” he yelled.
He leaned quickly to his side to avoid the menacing creature, but the radio fell off the cooler. It crashed to the hard ground. The horse fly disappeared after that.
He assessed the damage to the radio; it had broken apart. He tried to fit it back together, but it wouldn’t stay put. After several unfruitful attempts, Andy finally plopped down on the cooler with his head hung low.
“Oh, well,” he said, looking defeated.
“Wait a minute,” said June.
She dropped her basket and began trying to put pieces back together, but they wouldn’t stay in place. She turned it on to see if it could somehow play music despite this, but it didn’t. Andy watched as June incessantly tried to fix something that she obviously knew was beyond repair. He bent down and touched her on the shoulder.
“You could try to pull the car up here and listen to music that way,” she said.
“No, it’s okay,” he replied. “Let’s just listen to nature.”
Brett Nicholas Moore is the author of Tales of Brother Goose, a satire of Mother Goose and various fairy tales.
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