I’ve looked for stories without tension, but every example that tries to contradict this idea ends up with conflict.
The issue occurs when a character enters a story. They do something, and intention and want form around the action.
A character walks their dog. Anything that disrupts that moment causes tension.
A character gets a drink out of a vending machine. The want is the drink. Even if the character gets two drinks, this creates possible tension.
A character is sitting on a hill, eyes closed, in quiet repose. Anything that disrupts that, either externally or internally, creates tension.
I want to find a story without conflict to see how it works, but the moment characters appear, so do want and intention. But if a story can somehow operate without it, then what does it look like?