Melvin didn’t wish to unnecessarily alarm his siblings but he had every reason to believe their mother would not be returning. While their nest had been built in a sturdy protected location, mother was constrained to leave that security on a regular basis to provide sustenance for her children.
The woods abutting the park offered an ample supply of the worms and small insects they so enjoyed but those woods contained, as well, creatures for whom birds were considered every bit as enjoyable a repast. As the sun climbed higher in the sky without his mother returning, Melvin could not help but wonder if she had run afoul of one of those.
This story was written for the weekly Saturday Sunday Tails flash fiction challenge photo prompt and the phrase prompt: understated caramel.