The odd couple

They came from… well, we never did find out where. Their history remains a mystery, but everyone agreed that Percy and his lady were an odd couple to move into the village. He was a handsome specimen, always dressed in his best. Stately… that is probably the best word to describe his bearing. At first glance, he seemed arrogant, but he was friendly enough, when you met him in person, and always curious about everyone and everything. She, on the other hand, was much more timid, less colourful creature and very quiet.

You could meet them  anywhere in the village, though I never knew them to leave it again  once they had moved in. You would often meet one of them at the village shop or in the manor grounds… and the number of times I have had to slow the car to let them cross the street is beyond counting. Everybody loved them though… except Ani; the dog was quite unnerved by him and behaved very strangely, every time she saw him.

When she died, Percy was inconsolable. He began turning up in strange places, and was often seen in people’s gardens, as if he was looking for her. And sometimes, after dark, you would hear his cries.

This state of affairs continued unabated for several years. Percy continued to frequent their old haunts and wander the village alone. No-one minded… he was as handsome and as friendly as ever… but he was alone and sometimes the loneliness showed as he sought out the people he trusted.

When the local newsletter came today, it carried a picture of the couple on the cover, and I was saddened to read of Percy’s demise. The village streets may be safer without his wandering presence, the night will not carry his lonely cry,  but the village will not be the same without the mysterious Percy, our resident peacock.

Percy the peacock, at the village shop.

Rest in peace, Percy.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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44 Responses to The odd couple

  1. Ritu says:

    RIP Percy

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  2. Darlene says:

    A sweet story. He will be missed. xo (maybe not by Ani though)

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    How very sad…


  4. stevetanham says:

    Reblogged this on Sun in Gemini and commented:
    Simple, beautiful writing from Sue.


  5. quiall says:

    What a lovely memory. They can touch us in such wonderful ways. Now they rest easy in your memories.


  6. Mary Smith says:

    Lovely tribute to Percy.


  7. The Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  8. Oh bless. RIP Percy.

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  9. Widdershins says:

    Bon Voyage, Percy. 😦

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Sue this is so lovely. At least they are at least they will be reunited at last.💜💜


  11. Anne Copeland says:

    It’s so odd how we immediately form images in our minds when we read or hear something. Through the whole tale, I believed them to be a human couple, especially the way they were described. I could not understand then in my mind why Ani would have a negative thought of them. It sure does show me how I have to learn not to make quick judgments of what I see visually.


  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Hopefully, he is reunited with his great love, fanning his great tail adoringly.


  13. So peacocks are also lifetime mates. That seems to be common amongst birds. Swans and geese are also lifetime mates and often become disconsolate when they lose their partner. Wolves are in their own way, monogamous and if a pack loses its lead male, it often never gets another. Humans should only be as faithful.


  14. Jennie says:

    Awww… such a nice tribute to Percy.


  15. Aww! This is such a sweet story, Sue.


  16. Adele Marie says:

    Oh, I’m so sad to read this. I remember your stories about the peacocks. R.I.P. Percy. xxx


  17. Really sweet. At first, I thought they were two people. That was a great twist but everything then made more sense. 🙂 — Suzanne


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