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The sun shone brightly in a clear blue sky, and the park was busy. Even though it was a weekday and the schools hadn’t let out yet, there were already people everywhere. The café was bustling, with queues right up to the door, and all the picnic tables outside were occupied.

“Good thing I brought sandwiches, isn’t it,” she said, with a laugh, as they passed. He looked at her and grinned. He didn’t care, he was just happy to be spending an afternoon with her in the sunshine.

They made their way down to the main stretch of the park, beyond the big gazebo. It wasn’t too busy here yet; there were some teenagers at one end playing football, and a couple of picnickers near the gazebo in the shade, but there was still plenty of space.

She dropped her rucksack on the ground under a tree and pulled out a bright purple plastic disc.

“Wanna play frisbee?”

In answer, he raced out across the grass. She threw the frisbee and he caught it effortlessly. He returned it to her, and she threw it again. They played until she fell over in the grass, hot and tired, and he raced back over to her.

“I’m fine,” she said, seeing his concern. “Come here!”

She grabbed him and pulled him towards her, ruffling his rich brown fur with her hands.

“Who’s a good puppy,” she said, rubbing him behind the ears. “Oh yes you are. Oh, yes you are!”

© Kari Fay