Two close friends, Paul and Rosie, sent me a card with a painting of Hampstead Pond by Gary Bunt on its front*. Rosie added a note, saying 'I am sure you can weave a magical story around the picture… I look forward to reading it'. Well, Rosie, and anyone else who reads the next 700 words, I hope you enjoy.
Jack Davis met Sally by Hampstead Pond twenty years ago. She was feeding ducks when he noticed her for the first time. He was sitting on a bench enjoying one last drag on his cigarette before going where he couldn’t remember.
The rain didn’t bother them then. Today it had taken a special effort to get this far. ‘I reckon you’ve fed ten thousand ducks in the time I’ve known you’.
NOTE: * For copyright reasons I have not reproduced Gary Bunt's painting of Hampstead Pond. To see it, click here.