At Last! A response! But not, he realised, from the box in front of him. Irritated by the interruption, he cast a glance over his shoulder.
She released a volley of trills and whistles, her gaze never shifting from him. Her obvious fascination soothed his bruised ego. He wanted a family, and his first love wasn’t interested. What should he do?
He’d spent the last three days trying to woo his heart’s desire, and now this female robin looked at him with adoration. He shuffled his feet and puffed his feathers. She hopped into the concealing branches behind her, taking her songs with her.
His world seemed to hold its breath while he faced down his first love. As he studied his reflection in the glass eye centred in the green box his patience snapped. Never-the-less, he found it hard to turn away without one more try.
* * *
Building a new home and looking after his family consumed all his time and attention. If he ever thought of his wasted devotion, the memories faded when his first chick left the nest.
Happiness beat in his little heart and he threw back his head and sang out his contentment at the top of his voice.