House of Caged Birds

Robert Quick

Where the -@!# did my muse go?

Writer, dreamer, knight, shackled by entertainment . . . and people.

Birds, hundreds of them, squawked and chirped in a frenzied cacophony. Bigger ones used their wings to violently bat against their cages. I'd never seen so many in one place, much less in doors. All manner of birds in cages lined the cavernous hallways for as far as I could see.

“You like my collection?” Marn, said.

“It certainly is intense.”

“Though many look similar, I assure you each one is unique.”

With his words the nearest birds grew more wild, doubling the amount of noise they were making, It was contagious and passed down the rows of cages in a wave.

I raised my voice, “Are they normally this agitated?”

“We don't get guests often these days. The funny thing is you know how selfish humanity can be sometimes? Like crabs in a bucket? None of these birds are like that.”

"What do you mean?"

"Look closely," Marn said, pointing behind me.

I turned to follow his finger.

"Every single one was trying to warn you, even at risk to themselves."

A tiny chain pressed against my throat, and I was a bird.


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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Whoa, magic bird spell. Nice twist, did not see that coming.

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Yes! The foreshadowing you shoved into such a micro-fiction was impressive.

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Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Mighty-Joe Young LOA

Yo I didnt see that coming. It was cool. I like how they tried to warn him also.

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This suddenly reminded me of that Monty Python skit where a woman lures milkmen into her house. But this was better, in its own way.

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Story prompt:

Write a story including a collection. People collect all kinds of things, so do rats and raccoons and ravens.

What odd thing does your character collect?

Or use collection as a verb, what are you taking up a collection for?

Collection by ElshaHawk LoA

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