A Case of Birds

JonB

Ex-Ficly, new Ficlatte writer with a not-unhealthy internet fiction addiction.


It is possible to ever escape one's past life?

A question to which Jean Abelard had always known the answer but to which, as the elevator bore him relentlessly to the 15th floor of the Hôtel Pèlerins, he replied once more.

Never. Liar, thief. Murderer. Never.

~

He stopped the elevator early, as was his habit, and walked the rest of the way. The same walls that he had passed years before. The same door at the end of the corridor. Having been summoned, his arrival was foreknown; he entered without knocking.

~

An explosion of feathers, frantic wings beating dust and grime into his face. The high-ceilinged room with its ornate mouldings and heavy, Louis XIV furniture, familiar after two decades; the scroll-armed chairs and heavy bureau. All with an inches-thick frosting of guano. And on every perch and crevice in the place, the birds. Sharp talons, black-bead eyes, insect-like twitching. And the noise...

"Did I never warn you of the dangers of psittacosis?" he gasped.

The man in the chair smiled.


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Comments (5 so far!)

JonB

JonB

Damn that capital P in Psittacosis! Just ignore it, until the edit function is working...

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ethelthefrog

ethelthefrog

Edit function now working.

An intriguing story. Sounds like any room my children have been in for an hour. Although they have, at last, stopped shitting on the furniture.

  • #75 Posted 4 years ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Bizarre little tale. It's a seed of an idea, at least.

  • #77 Posted 4 years ago
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JonB

JonB

The editing does work! Now I can tinker to my heart's content.

  • #80 Posted 4 years ago
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Fantasist

Fantasist

Ah how very peculiar in your use of hinting. Intriguing.

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