A Walk in the Park – James Pontet
1000 word Literary / General Fiction
Floyd is a survivor. He wishes he weren’t. He is scarred by memories he cannot shake and tired from his daily battle with arthritis. What is a man supposed to do when all he has is pain?
Spring in New York. From the eerie evening quiet of Downtown to the teeming streets north of Central Park, the city basked in unseasonal heat. Yesterday’s rain was forgotten and the storm forecast for tomorrow wasn’t worth worrying about. Tourists tussled with salarymen for seats outside cafés in the Village and kids hurled themselves round the Heckscher playground half-watched by their chattering nannies. Floyd Henson stood on the Bow Bridge in the centre of the park and watched the couples in their rowboats struggling and laughing.