The Peacock Love – A Short Story

Like a crowning star of royalty, decked up in radiant, iridescent attire, he stood proudly and elegantly, looking as magnificent as a most powerful King would. Perched on top of a lush green coconut tree, with his rich drape of feathers elegantly flowing down, shimmering against the rising sun, he was a sight to behold.

He craned out his beautiful neck, and let out a shrill cry, beckoning for a mate. His cries were heard loud and clear across the vast expanse of the field. At one moment, when he thought he heard a response, swiftly, yet gracefully, he swooped down to the ground and landed softly on the grass. He craned his head to the left, and then to the right, and gingerly placed one foot in front of the other, conscientiously looking out for her. He then lifted his head high up and let out another loud cry.

Out of nowhere she landed in front of him, quite evidently summoned by his cries. Yet, she couldn’t really lift her head to look at him. She walked around him with her head bent low as though she was looking for something she lost. She was a picture of beauty and elegance, although she refused to look at him, he couldn’t take his eyes off her.

He just couldn’t contain his happiness any longer and he started moving around in glee. She paused for a second, smiled at his antics, but continued to walk around with her head bent low, not once lifting her head. She was quite nervous around him, he could sense that, for some reason she seemed a little more hesitant than other women he has met before. “Maybe she is playing hard”, he wondered. “Let me impress her with all I have”, he decided, and in one swift elegant sweep, he spread his wings out and stood across her, not trying to get any closer, lest his proximity intimidates her. He finally got her attention.

As he moved slowly around her, with his wings beautifully spread out and the glitter shimmering off every feather of his, he hoped she would fall for him the way he fell for her. His poised stance did get him her undivided attention, “He is breathtaking indeed. If only….” she sighed.

Her thoughts were interrupted by the cool breeze that floated her way, urging her to give in. She knew in her heart she wasn’t ready for this, she is very young after all, she wanted to soar high, travel to places, and not be bound by motherhood and other responsibilities that comes along. Torn between her ambition and his magnificence, she finally decided to throw caution to the winds and nodded her head and sat across from him. Watching her give her consent, his joy knew no bounds, he started dancing more gleefully in all glory, spreading his feathers wider than before. And then he bowed in front of her and just as gracefully as he first spread his wings out, he closed them, before she could even realize what was going on.

She looked at him open mouthed and hesitantly remarked, “But you wanted to… I am sorry, I did not mean to…”, she couldn’t complete any of her sentences, because she knew she did something to put him off. He smiled, walked up to her and gently said, “Let’s not rush, let’s get to know each other first, shall we?”. He could see relief wash over her beautiful features. “Thank you” she mouthed as uncontrollable tears were flowing down her eyes.

“I have not seen you around, are you new here”, he asked. She nodded in agreement and said, “I have come from a faraway land, nobody has been kind to me here”, she said with tears still streaming down her eyes. She then paused, took a deep breath and added with a smile “Until now”.

“Come on, let me show you around, this place is my beautiful home, I have so many friends here, I will take you to them, they will love having you around and then we can go to this place where there are many delicious fruits….” He spoke incessantly as he led her to his favorite parts of the field.

Together they walked side by side as the sun rose high up in the sky, sharing their stories, smiling, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

And a few years later, she saw herself recounting this day to her child, “This is how I met your father, and this is how we fell in love”.

“And then?” the baby peacock prodded.

“We lived happily ever after”, said the father as he winked at his wife.

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