As the sun rose over the horizon the birds sang cutting into the sharp, cold air. The large bonee tree on the hill was silhouetted in the morning light as the sun began to rise. As it rose higher in the sky a hedgehog crawled back to it’s leafy home, rustling as he went to sleep the new day out. At the far edge of the park the grounds keeper could be heard opening the large rusty gates with the sound of scraping metal. He shuffled up the path to his little shed scraping his feet along to floor as he went. The paper boy speaded throught the park on his bike to make sure he got to school on time.
As he went by the old park bench a bundle of rags moved making him jump. only to find it produced a tramp who slept there that night he road off. The old tramp got slowly to his feet and trudged up the path and out of the gates that led to the shops. Several joggers ran through yelling abuse at the tramp as he knocked into them. At 7:30am Mr George Geoffrey Johnston strode in through the large rusty gates. He walked through the park every day on his way to work smartly dressed in a suit, which was creased in all the right places. His new shoes squeaked as he finished each stride on the leafy floor.
Brief case in hand he walked out through the other side of the park to the posh, up town offices that he worked in. He smiled to him self as he thought of his meeting later on with a certain young girl who he knew he could rely on. Children started to run in through the park entrance screaming and shouting on their way to school. Parents yelling at them to get a move on and to stop messing around. More people in posh suits walked through the park on their way to work. One lady came and sat on the bench watching the pandomonia of the young children and their parents. She sat there while the whole world passed her by.
A dog barked and screams came from the children as a large alsation jumped upon one trying to make a new friend. Mothers yelled at the owner of the dog as he rounded up the playful 3 year old. As everyone started to clear the park, the young lady still sat on the park bench. Several people ran by, late for work and the kids late for school. Judy Evans sat there thinking of what it might have been and what it will be. She was eight and a half months pregnant, her husband had committed sewerside 3 months earlier, after she was rushed into hospital with an expected miss carriage.
She was now near the end of her pregnancy and still didn’t know how she would cope being a single mum. The idea of adoption was still going through her mind, knowing that she might not be able to give her baby the love and support that it would need. As she sat there the grounds keeper walked up and down brushing up the leaves as he went and singing merrily to himself. Judy Evans reached into her bag and produced a baby catalogue, full of the expensive things that her baby would need but knew would struggle to afford.
The catalogue fell to the ground as pain shot through her lower body and she collapsed on the floor. The ambulance came with sirens screaming. Two men got out of the cab, grabbed a stretcher from the back and ran with it over to where a small crowd had gathered. The old grounds keeper had called them 10 minuets earlier when he saw Judy Evans fall to the floor. As the paramedic assessed the situation his young trainee partner exchanged looks with Judy Evans who smiled before the contraptions started again. Screaming in agony as the contraptions became more painful and with less time in between each one.
The trainee paramedic ran of to get some things out of the back of the ambulance as they had decided to go through with the birth where they were. It would be too dangerous to transport Judy Evens that far through. Thirty minuets later a small baby boy was screaming as loudly as his small lungs would allow him. The crowd, which had accumulated around this event cheered as the trainee paramedic, passed the child to his exhausted mother. She looked from her baby to the person that had passed him to her and she knew that everything would be ok.
The young paramedic smiled while his deep brown eyes melted her heart. After Judy Evans had been carried away be the ambulance the park resumed its usual routine. People walking through, teenagers hiding in the small wood either not wanting to go to school or meeting up with their girlfriends or boyfriends for a quick meeting before they rushed of again. Amber stood in the wood hidden in the shadows waiting for her next customer to come along. She was on the game. Unknown to her parents she went there each day. Skipping school to earn some extra money for cocaine addiction.
Amber wore a small strappy dress with large platform shoes. Her face looked older then she was with the stress, the drugs and all the make up that she was wearing. She looked up as a large fat man walked towards her. She sighed in shame as she let him lead her back to his car. The park rang loudly with the shouts of children as they ran madly out of school, kicking the leaves that the grounds keeper had spent so long gathering together. The old man sighed but them chuckled to himself as he remembered doing the same when he was a kid. Mums sat on benches chatting among themselves.
Children ran around playing kiss chase while a couple of old women frowned at the excited children. As the high school released its students the parents gathered their young children and moved on out of the park. The teenagers gathered together laughing among themselves. The boys kicked a ball around while the girls stood and watched them. Trying to show how grown off they were by smoking fags and swigging from a bottle of vodka. Later on the geeks walked through in a small tight huddle. Wanting to get out as fast as possible. The foot ball match stopped and the group of boys gathered round the geeks.
When the park had finally cleared of most kids the people who had been at work started to walk through. Making arrangements to meet up later at the pub. Mr George Geoffrey Johnston went and sat down. He waited on the bench till nine o’clock them disappeared in to the wood where amber was waiting for him. He smiled at her and pulled out a wad of money from his back pocket. She took the money and he led her out of the wood. He smiled to him self as he opened his front door. He slipped a tablet into her drink and ran his fingers alone the cold shape edge of a knife.