Demon Messenger by Janice Daugharty
Approx. 1,150 words.
Published on October 5, 2010.
I was fascinated, flattered when the carrier pigeon kited down to my wicker porch swing. He was wearing a gold band above his right claw encircling a white paper scrap. I held out my hand for him to give me my message. He jittered and squawked. So I went inside for some dry grits to use as a bribe. While he ate I phoned an expert on such birds. He said, "Whatever you do don't feed him grits..."