Two champagne corks rested side by side in front of the park bench. I was wandering the town of Chinon in the Loire Valley; my current task, if you could call it that, choosing a bench for a picnic spot in the shady park that invitingly runs along the Vienne River.
I did find it curious, this detail about there being two of them; a single champagne cork probably wouldn’t have even caught my attention. These two looked like an in-love couple attached at the hip.
Where were the bottles these two corks had plugged mere hours earlier? From the corks I could only tell that they had once held the same brand of champagne, Veuve Clicquot (translation: Widow Clicquot.)
I think the possibility that two people consumed an entire bottle of champagne each somewhat unlikely, but not totally out of the question. Instead perhaps there had been a small family celebration or gathering of friends, champagne bottles uncorked, where crystal glasses or tiny paper cups had been toasted in celebration of a special occasion. Maybe the sound of shattering glass pierced through the darkness of the previous night as the two bottles were tossed into a nearby glass recycling bin.
What do you think is up with the two champagne corks? Have you seen anything recently where you knew there was something to the story?
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