Title: On a Park Bench in March
Author: JD McClure
Mark Robbins returns to a park bench he sat on
ten years ago. Then, he feared the future, now he is afraid of the past.
Ten years ago, on a simple park bench, Mark made a pact to return. But the pact he made then, haunts him now. A pact made with the woman that he met, loved and then lost to another.
But ten years ago, she made a pact, too!
Gazing out into the ocean, he waits on her and reflects on how a romance that seemed so perfect, ended so horribly wrong. Accusations and arguments strained their marriage until it all blew up in one final explosion. Ultimately the hell that consumed them at the end, left him too devastated to even fully understand what happened.
Now, will she come back to the park bench that they sat on ten years ago, and will he finally get the closure that he needs; or will she not, and his regrets further deepen his sense of loss?
But when she does return, Mark finds a truth that threatens to change everything he was so absolutely sure of!
I love the angsty literary feel of this piece as we are introduced to our MC Mark sitting all alone on a park bench. He reveals that he’s waiting on the love of his life who may or may not show. As he waits, we are shown memories of Mark’s, allowing us the ability to dive into who he is and how he came to the situation that he is currently in.
Mark’s memories of his love were sweet and well-done. I thought their meeting in particular was beautiful. There are a lot of scenes like that where the author tosses in just a bit of sweetness to even out the sadness in some of the other scenes. Very beautiful emotional writing and loved the ending!