This is assignment number4 for the short story pizzazz class.
|The sweeping expansiveness of the park brought out the sensation of serenity and stillness. There were plush, green grass meadows with gently sloping hills and the pathways were lined with oversized, lush eucalyptus trees. The dog park was situated in the shade of the foliage, a chain-link fence designating the area of the park that was especially for lucky canines and their cheerful owners. A silent, timid young woman sat on a park bench inside the dog park as her golden retriever wandered the perimeter sniffing and inspecting at his new surroundings.
The ground cover was chopped up bark and it crunched under her shuffling feet as she sat on the well worn bench. Her eyes darted to watch her dog and then back to her feet. Flitting back and forth, back and forth, trying not to make visual contact with any other patrons. She closed her eyes for a moment and took a deep breath of fresh, cool air. She relaxed a little more, the peacefulness of the park starting to penetrate her soul. The wind drifted through the trees, rustling the leaves. Dogs gleefully barked as they played and panted hard from their joyful exertions.
She could hear the delighted chatter of a group of dog owners who sat nearby. She strained her ears trying to get a closer listen to their conversation. She should feel guilty for eavesdropping she thought, but they would never know. Her long hair covered her face and she purposely did not look their way. She was just starting to make out their exchange when a sharp yelp pierced the air.