A monthly walk in the arboretum is a longstanding tradition for these two friends. Afternoons are the preferred time as it is quiet then and allows for private conversation and reflection.
Autumn is a favorite time of the year for both the walkers, Willa and George. They usually walk on the road that divides the park into north and south. A quaint coffee shop is at the end of the road, and they end their afternoon there. The weather is crisp today, so the friends will have cocoa for the first time since last winter.
During their walk, they talk about their profound disappointment with a recent election. Their voices are the only sound in the park that day. They talk about their feelings of sadness as well as anger and outrage.