The City

I awakened. The concrete felt hard against my back. I had forgotten my keys and had spent the night on the doorstep. I have never been outside in the city this early and the sun was just beginning to kiss the ground around me. I felt that I should explore.

A certain quiet had taken over the city it was eerie but refreshing. The city had lost its hum, lost its neons and lost the thousands of people trampling over its mighty pavements. With no idea where I was going I walked the streets that I had taken for granted in the day, they were longer and larger then I had believed. I felt both alone and like I could breath for the first time. I decided to walk to the park, as there would probably be people there, walking their dogs before they started their day in the hustle and bustle.

It must have been earlier then I had imagined. There were no wrapped up men and woman playing fetch with their over enthusiastic canine, nor were there the joggers just running round the small lake achieving nothing. I could never understand joggers. The sunlight was starting to rip through the trees, creating patterns of light on the grass that danced and shook in the wind. I carried on walking through the park gold and red leaves floated around me and an animal let out a cry from somewhere behind me. It was likely to be a monkey at the small zoo in the park; they must have started to awaken with the presence of the light, animals never need alarm clocks to wake them.

I walked out of the park and was greeted by tall buildings, which seemed somehow alien after being in the cover of trees for such a time. They cut through the skyline and I felt small for the first time in years. I sat and watched as people started to emerge from their apartments and the traffic started to flow again. I missed the silence but welcomed the company. For the first time I had rediscovered the city and rekindled the feeling of grandeur that I hadn’t had since I first stepped foot into it all those five years ago.

The City

Samantha Coe

CLACTON-ON-SEA, United Kingdom

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This a short story about rediscovering the city you live in

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