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Willa's Story: Chapter 1CHAPTER 1: "The Avian Child:
In the Mauralanzian year of 1056, a woman by the name of Mary Blackwell had a child whom turned into a magpie chick when her umbilical cord had been cut. In legends of Mauralanzo in the Western Quadrant, it has been told that if a woman mates with an avian, her first child will be born an avian as well.
The baby chick did not cry, or make any noise, but opened its eyes prematurely to see its mother weeping and screaming at the top of her lungs. The magpie became aware that it was now desperate to be human in order to calm her mother. The magpie chick soon turned into a runt-like infant, able to open her eyes.
The mother rejected the girl even more now, this human child being born with the wings of a magpie, having not molted yet- the feathers still wet and black with white undersides. The doctor treating Ms. Blackwell took the baby when the mother rejected it, asking the mother what she wanted to do with her. Mary
The InterviewerThe Interviewer,
a man of accuracy and precision.
He hides behind his velvet suit
his hair in curls around his head.
His only goal is knowledge,
his only subjects are imaginary.
Information drives him,
his need for secrets is constantly unsatisfied.
His prey and his audience
are both two entirely different groups.
He strives for private,
Beware of the man in the velvet suit.
You may be his next victim.
ViolinI remember the day
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven
and God has cloth ears.
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