You Only Have One Shot At True Love...

It came out of nowhere, almost as if it had fluttered down from the heavens, landing on a tall banyan tree a few hundred metres away. I peered through my lens and realised the beauty of this wondrous bird, displaying all the colours of the season, no doubt looking for a mate.

So imagine my excitement when he started to sing! My heart jumped with joy, my ears started to dance, oh this music would bring tears of amazement even to Mozart.

I found myself mesmerised, transfixed in this moment of natures genius, in a forced meditation, unable to focus on anything but this melodic song from the gods.

And then she appeared, at first fluttering above him, then with a bit of ladylike hesitation perching directly in front of her suitor, her pale brown feathers blocking my view from his multi-coloured splendour. She tweeted in a sign of interest, her head twitching, awaiting his reply.

Then came a trill of love from him, confirmation in song from her, and so it continued on and on. This was truly a match made in paradise and I had no doubt that their love would endure for the rest of their living days.

Then, without the slightest of indication from either of them, their song ceased. As the bang dissipated in echoes through the forest I walked towards the foot of the banyan tree and picked up the two lovers.

“You only have one shot at true love.” I thought.

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  • sandraellen
    sandraellenalmost 6 years ago

    this is a beautiful, poignant story—thankyou—-sandra

  • Thanks but I bet the birds wished for a different ending!

    – Bramley

  • Banalheed
    Banalheedalmost 6 years ago

    :) Enjoyable read and beautifully done. I wonder if the title gives a hint at the twist? I must confess I suspected what was to come…

  • Thanks and you’re probably right, the title was a wee bit lazy. I only had 5 minutes to write this after a coffee in the garden looking at a bird in a tree. The coffee lasted longer than the writing!

    – Bramley

  • MillicentMorrow
    MillicentMorrowalmost 6 years ago

    So beautiful…so tragic. This is wonderful.

  • dirtman
    dirtmanalmost 6 years ago

    I must be a bit slow; I didn’t see it coming. Well done!

  • lightsmith
    lightsmithalmost 6 years ago

    oh, naughty! very naughty! but very unexpected too!

  • lightsmith
    lightsmithalmost 6 years ago

    oh, forgot to mention the obvious. two birds with one stone (shot) LOL

  • Matthew Dalton
    Matthew Daltonalmost 6 years ago

    You wrote this story in five minutes? Get out of town!

    I would be very pleased with myself if I could knock out a story like that in five minutes.

  • Miri
    Mirialmost 6 years ago

    ooo you rotter for killing them, after their beautiful descriptions!! lol…i didn’t see it coming!

  • Bramley
    Bramleyalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks all, and can I just say that no birds were killed in the writing of this story!!!

  • Debbie Irwin
    Debbie Irwinalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent :)

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