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A Fine Mess

by David Michael


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Copyright © 2009 by David Michael.




A Fine Mess

by David Michael

When the breeze shifted, Kenneth looked up to see what it might be bringing his way. He hoped some part of it might be edible. The air around him as he walked had been full of yellow and brown Strings, the Frayed remains of what he thought might have been scrub grass–or something equally unnourishing and unpleasant when inhaled–whatever value it had once had long since scavenged by the remaining birds and rodents. He was supposed to be the best gatherer in town, but today he had found next to nothing, just a few thin Strings.

“Yes!”

He saw knotted Strings like a giant, ponderous ball of yarn bounce along, pushed by the wind. Blues and greens and reds showed promise among the more common yellows and browns, a promise simultaneously made good and threatened by the flock of song sparrows that followed the ball. The little birds chirped as they darted into the heart of the ball, then burst through the other side with Strings in their beaks.

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