The sun was already burning the grass in places. The stream was flowing rapidly but it wasn’t as deep as usual at this time of year. Tonight forecast promises to be a cool evening with torrential rains. I wanted to walk over the bridge and take in the fresh scent of the wild flowers blooming. We took a sack with tuna sandwiches, Coke-A-Cola’s and mama’s homemade pound cake. Wilhelm had a sheet rolled up in his back pack.
“How about here? It looks like a good place.” Wilhelm said.
I sucked my teeth, knowing how lazy Wilhelm is. I would prefer to go further back in the woods. You would think, the thought of spending the afternoon making out would inspire him to please me.
“Alright I guess.” I said sighing. It was a nice spot, secluded and we could hear the birds above the water rushing over the rocks.
Wilhelm laid down the sheet. After sitting on the sheet and I served our lunch. Wilhelm sat close to me and undressed me with his eyes and tickled my neck with his finger tips. I felt my cheeks burn so I dropped my eyes.
“Here eat your sandwich. I made it with love.” I said giggling and pushing the foiled wrapped sandwich toward him.
Wilhelm laughed and tore the wrapper off and bit off half the tuna on rye. He then reached for the Lay’s Potato chips then lays back looking up at the billowing clouds. The day was perfect a soft breeze the sound of the children in the distance.
“Wilhelm.” I said tapping him on his knee.
“There’s a leg at the edge of the water.”
When the police arrived they confirmed it was the body of the Billy Stevens that was missing for fifteen weeks.
As I began writing I let the story go where it wanted and I ended up writing it on Avonte Oquendo This young autistic boy was missing since October 14, 2013. Last week they found his body parts on a beach in Queens, New York. My heart and prayers go out to Avonte’s family.
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