August 1, 1963
Two workmen carried the seat from their truck to the grassy knoll. Hal wiped his forehead with a blue bandana while Denny drew in gulps of air. “I really must give up the smokes.”
Both men surveyed the bench “It sure was heavy,” said Hal.
“Yeah it’s beautiful oak and the arms are wrought iron.”
Hal turned around “Great spot. The lake and the boats a pretty soothing site.”
Denny pulled his smokes from his shirt pocket lit one and looked over his shoulder. “Yeah I feel like diving in. Well let’s hustle and get home to a cold beer.”
August 1, 1973
A young couple plopped on the bench. “Whew it’s hot!” Alice Moore said, and flapped the hem of her long skirt like a fan. “Such a relaxing view.”
Vincent nodded and brushed his long hair away from his eyes. “I have something to ask you,” and he quickly repositioned himself on bended knee in front of Alice.
“It’s muddy your pants will get dirty.”
Vincent claimed Alice’s hand. “Will you marry me?”
Alice’s brown eyes filled with tears. “Oh yes Alice Rinaldo has a nice ring to it.”
And she bent down to kiss him. “But won’t your parents object?”
August 1, 1983
Erica rolled the stroller toward the bench. Hot humid air and constant walking in an attempt to lull six month old Kenneth to sleep had exhausted her. The wooden seat appeared dirty and the uncut grass added to the area’s unattractiveness.
However she had to get off her feet so she was grateful for any opportunity.
Kenneth who she called bright eyes, because he examined everything in his environment, had finally dropped off. She exhaled. Her muscles relaxed. She gazed at the blue water, the boats in the harbour and, out of the corner of her eyes, the light house.
August 1, 1993
They sat on the bench. “It’s a warm day and the view is peaceful,” Flo said. Larry clasped her hand. She peered at his face with the sweet eyes and though his hair was thinning and his weight expanding she didn’t mind. Love at any age is blind.
“I’ve spoken to my kids.”
She worried expecting bad news.
“We had a long chat.”
“They upset me a great deal.”
Is he dumping me?
“I don’t care that they think a man of my age is acting foolishly. I’ve made up my mind. Will you move in with me?”
August 1, 2003
I am Josh. It is too hot today. The water is blue and pretty. My shirt is red. I sit on this bench and think. They say I do not think but they are not in my head so they do not know. Ma and Pa say I am special and soon will go to live in a special school for people like me. I do not know what they mean. People like me. Ma and Pa do not want me now. I am too big and too much trouble. I do not want to go. I am people too.
August 1, 2013
So here I sit, screws rusted, wood dried and dead, black paint chipping off the wrought iron. I can hear the planks as they rot. Few people visit now. The weeds creep up almost covering me, hiding me. Even the mosquitoes don’t linger. I’ve been here a long time and now that I am old no one bothers to care for me. They pretend I do not exist. I provided a good service for a long time as an upstanding member of the community. If anyone listened I could tell stories about the people I served. But no one listens.
The six snapshots of the bench are all drabbles
This one is not a drabble and incorporates the prompts for the challenge.
September 24, 2013
Dave’s e-mail directed Monroe to a bench on Coronation Street.
He’d had a hell of a time finding the spot. It wasn’t easy for a Blubaden in Port Stanley to control his instincts. Just the odours alone! Tanning oil, and fish ‘n’ chips –which he not only couldn’t eat but which caused dizziness with their putrid smells. The red umbrella on the beach didn’t help either.
Now where was this Dave guy?
Somehow, through Google, Dave had found Monroe and requested admittance to Home. On the phone Dave said the concept of Home intrigued him and believed he would fit right in. The Wesen hoped he made the right decision in agreeing to the arrangement.
Monroe sensed the presence of a human. Good thing ‘cause he wasn’t about to hang around all night. He had things to do. A musical aura surrounded the approaching man. It sounded like Spinning Wheel by Blood Sweat and Tears laced with Mozart. Dave sat down and peered in every direction to ensure he hadn’t been followed.
After introductions Dave asked if Home was similar to the Afterlife or Waiting for god.
“Nooo.. it’s for “real world” challenged folks who wish to dance in the world of fantasy. Home is for an eternity. And you won’t have to wait for god. We consider Jasper #1 as a deity or as a king, take your pick. Jasper #2 thinks he’s god though, so simply play along.”
Dave rose from his seat. “That’s for me. Let’s go!”
Monroe stood. “By the time the music stops we’ll be Home.”
Thank you Dave
Blogophilia Week 31.6 – When the Music Stops
(Hard, 2 pts): incorporate a character from a Grimm’s Fairytale
(Easy, 1 pt): include a British TV show
Monroe is a character from the TV show Grimm
British TV shows used: Coronation Street, Afterlife, Waiting for god