Prompt: Capture a moment of utter peace in the autumn afternoon.
A flock of Canadian geese angles across the sky, honking loudly and startling a pair of dogs out for a walk with their families. One dog, a sand-colored Shi Tzu, starts barking loudly while its playmate, an Australian Shepherd mix, looks on stoically. From her window, an old woman in a leaf-patterned apron watches the V-like flight pattern as she stirs a bowl of batter. The sky is a startling, pollution-free blue, except for a few clouds scuttling low from the tops of the mountains in the west.
Down the road, cars move slowly through the intersection like a lethargic bloodstream. Children on their bikes with brightly colored hoodies hoot and holler as they fly down the street, glad for a day of good weather and no school to keep them cooped up indoors. A man holding a paper bag of groceries precariously in one hand jiggles a small key to open his mailbox with the other, frowning slightly when he realizes the box is empty. He locks his mailbox again, uses another key to open the door, and miraculously arrives at his apartment without spilling any apples that were rolling at the top.
At a small hospital that afternoon, no emergency calls have been made and the EMTs enjoy a rare chance to chat in the cafeteria over Styrofoam cups of warm apple cider and sugar cookies. In a nearby corner, a nurse wearing teddy-bear patterned scrubs naps in a chair with a bright pink neck pillow. Upstairs, a doctor wraps up his notes about his pregnant patient, confirming that all is well and the parents are well-prepared for the babies due to arrive by New Years. A text message on his phone buzzes, telling him that his brother has safely arrived at the local airport.
Originally written for Writober 2017.
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