Last night I was sitting in the garden when my peaceful pause was interrupted by a dreadful racket.
Came the noise from over my hedge. My dog ran to hide, the air was heavy with the scent of pils, and the streets were paved with red shirts.
“OOOOOOOOOOOOOH,” came a noise from a different direction, almost like it was reacting to the same incident only on a delay caused by a broadcast.
The noises persisted but never so loud.
I wonder what it was.
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