Welcome to Day 26 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge! This is the final post for the challenge!
My theme – my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.
MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. ZENAIDA DOVES – the mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is a member of the dove family; this species' call is a distinctive, plaintive cooOOoo-woo-woo-woooo, which is how it got its name.
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Every year, November is the unwelcome guest. The party pooper. She erases the laughter and sunshine. Shoves it into the memory box.
Alters the landscape with her riotous collection of reds, browns, yellows, golds.
Lengthening shadows. Shorter days. Cooler nights. Fleecy rugs. Steaming mugs of hot chocolate. Mourning doves.
A uniformed officer, glum and intrusive…
Loaded silence. The tableau imprints itself upon his mind.
A heavy mood descends… hovers… and settles.
Some attempt to swallow the last few morsels which lodge in constricted throats.
Sausages and eggs congeal on plates. Neglected toast burns to a crisp cinder. Coffee in familiar hand-painted mugs, forgotten and cold.
The plaintive cooOOoo-woo-woo-woooo from a mourning dove perched on the window ledge as the last batch of Zenaida doves prepare to migrate…
The close of another chapter. Another year.
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