The sweltering heat from the blazing sun lit up the grass verges in
the park and bounced off the sparkling water in the lake. It was one
of the hottest summer days in New York City’s record and Jodie
Lexington, a high school teacher, had the pleasure in relishing in
every minute of it.
Jodie was relaxing on the freshly cut grass, happily dozing under an
apple tree and was thoroughly enjoying the day off from her hectic New
York lifestyle. Jodie calmly listened to the birds singing and
allowed the gentle breeze to brush her long auburn locks across her
face: to her this was paradise.
Suddenly the sound of thumping heavy metal music blared, tearing
through the silence of the secluded park and startling Jodie. Jodie
sat up abruptly, angry at being disturbed from her peaceful slumber.
Her eyes searched across the park and were met by a man, similar age
to herself, sat on the other side of the path bobbing his head to
music that blasted out of a ridiculously large stereo.
Jodie rose from what was her tranquil spot until a few moments before
and walked over to the man.
“Excuse me” Jodie said politely stood in front of the stranger. No
“Uh hum. Excuse me” she repeated loudly. Again, no reply. The man
continued to bob his head to the music and read his book. Jodie began
to become extremely irritated; she hated being ignored.
“Look,” she snapped, “You are obviously listening intently to this
dreadful noise but I believe not every other person in a 50 mile
radius does want to listen to it! So, could you turn it down please?”
“What other people?” the man retorted sharply, still with his head
buried in his book.
Jodie glanced around the petite park and realized, to her
embarrassment, it was deserted.
“Well, urm….,” she stuttered, “me. I don’t want to listen to that
racket, thank you.”
“It’s a free country, miss,” the man grunted, “if you don’t like it,
leave. But both I and my dreadful music are staying put.”
Jodie’s cheeks flushed pink with anger and she let out an irritated
groan, however the man still paid no attention to her or made no
attempt to make any eye contact. So Jodie turned on her heels, picked
up her belongings and stormed off to the other side of the park.
Sat by the lakeside, Jodie could not believe that a person could be so
arrogant and rude towards someone they did not know. Did people not
respect each other anymore? She thought men were supposed to be
chivrilous or at least kind, but she guessed she thought wrong as
Trying no to ruin the rest of her day off, Jodie graded a few test
papers from her last English class and paddled her feet in the warm
lake. After finishing marking the tests, Jodie lay back on the
embankment and began to fall asleep, still disturbed about how