Flutter – #writespiration

Sacha Black challenges us to write a story, poem, prompt, or theme, using just 52 words (no more, no less). This week we have to include the following words –

Time, Juice, Stack, Pigeon

52 Weeks: 52 Words Writespiration 2017

Look away now if you’re one of the faint-hearted. I bring you, Flutter.

Their time had come.

Poor things. The odds had been stacked against them. They had no chance, but revenge was sweet.

As the group of pigeons prepared to feast, the first sunset of this new world was spectacular.

Human juice would at last flow. The eyes were the first to be pecked.

Thank you to the great Alfred Hitchcock for getting me through this tough challenge. Yes, I know they are crows and not pigeons in the clip, but pigeons didn’t feature in the movie,  The Bird.

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69 comments

  1. Brilliant, Hugh! I love your take on the prompt, from your word choice to the plot, POV, and Hitch angle. Just rewatched “The Birds” recently and did so with the kids, shielding youngest from the bloody parts. You also have to see (if you haven’t) Mel Brooks’ “High Anxiety,” because it, lovingly I think, spoofs “Birds” so well (not to mention Vertigo, NbN, etc.).

  2. Oh my! 😮 And this comes right after a friend sent me a video of a wake of vultures that has taken over her town! They’re everywhere; on roof tops, telephone poles . . . They had to call animal control. The video was so creepy. It would have gone perfectly with your story. Well done!

  3. Before I even read your story, this movie came to mind. This movie freaks me out more than almost any other horror flick I’ve seen. I watched less than half of the video before I started getting goosebumps and started squirming. To this day, whenever I see a group of birds anywhere…… I am waiting…. lol

      1. Recently I was telling my kids that they need to see the movie. We always joke about the movies I forced them to watch that traumatized them as children.

        1. Hearing what’s going on in the world, it may not be long before they have their time (again), Leigh. I’ll have to try nad make myself a pair of wings. Although, I won’t be eating worms. 😳

  4. HaHA!! Love it! Any species of bird can get whipped up into “flutter frenzy.” I have been to the school house where the movie was made. Only a couple of hours away north of San Francisco. I cannot NOT look up just to make sure when walking around that area! I have a brave hummingbird in my back yard that is not afraid of me and will fly right in front of my face. Have you seen the size of hummers’ beaks?? And a seagull let lose on my grandmother years ago as she walked in downtown San Diego. Another story for Glimpses 2? This one with the eye pecked out? LOL!

    1. Oh, I’d love to visit that location of the school that featured in the movie, Terri. Talking of ‘eyes pecked out’ that was one of the most frightening moments of the movie for me. I think I was about 10 years-old when I first saw that scene. It’s been etched on my mind since then.

      I’m sure your hummingbird is a friendly chap. I’ve seen seagulls attack people as well, but I think that has something to do with the rubbish many of our fellow humans leave behind. Maybe there’s a story in there somewhere?

  5. Great take on the challenge. And yes, The Birds…still scary to me. We live on a road that has been “acquired” by Canadian geese…they have our respect, even as they block the road.

    1. Thinking about it, I don’t remember there being as many pigeons about back then, Willow. Now, there does not seem to be as many black crows. I find pigeons quite funny to look at. I’d see their roles more in comedy than horror. 😀
      Thank you for the great feedback on this challenge. It was a tough one.

  6. One time last year, in the Autumn I remember I walked near a towering hay stack. I heard a little bird call, nothing much, just half a twitter. I took my shot gun out and killed it and cooked it later for my dinner – pigeon pie cooked in grape juice (wine).

  7. As a seagull-loving, Brighton-living resident I have to say that I’ve never heard of any attacks on people that werenot food related. In other words, unlike the pigeons in your spine-tingling story, they are not out to get you, but they are partial to a tasty sandwich if you haven’t protected it between two paper plates (and even then you better only nibble at the edges). They are clever birds with attitude. They are also good parents. And most summer days you can hear them tell off their ungainly teenage offspring, while at the same time keeping them well-fed and out of danger….peaceful co-existence is possible but a challenge when combined with outdoor eating and the use of black plastic rubbish bags. Pigeons, however, are a different story

    1. I agree, Bridget. Isn’t it the case that if it wasn’t for all the rubbish we humans leave behind, then these birds would not have started to bother us? I always despair at the rubbish left on any beach after a warm sunny day. Even with bins provided, some always fail to take their rubbish with them.

    1. Thank you. This was one of the toughest challenges I’ve tried. Given the words, we had to use (and the number of words we were allowed to use), I think those that have entered this challenge have all done extremely well.

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