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A Love Sound

Story ID:6130
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:Truro, Nova Scotia Canada
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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A Love Sound

In the lateness of evening’s charm, before a blanket of clouds chase away the dim light, a lone partridge rustles his feathers then scoops up wind to alight upon a fallen trunk.

Once, this mighty birch stood tall, a towering monument reflecting morning sun from its white glaze. A covering of loose parchment flaps eagerly announcing a unique presence in the forest.

A ruffled grouse is this majestic form. Selection for a precise location is important, in this special ritual. And the drumming soon began.

Taking a firm grip with clenched toes, this partridge often referred to, as “King of the North” begins his journey of affection; the calling of a mate. His wings beat slowly, then vigorously, rhythmic; a song of need. The staccato raises echoes from one end of this leafy valley to the next.

And not so far away, a female tilts her head, squints briefly then tucking wings tightly to her body, explodes towards the sound of her amour.

(c) Richard L. Provencher