Thursday Thriller: Pearl Cutts in “My Shells”

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Whenever you are the flock “alpha, all “beta” flock members are supposed to run all new ideas by you first.

However, when one of the “beta” members of your flock happens to be a large featherless being (they are notoriously difficult to train), sometimes plans are set in motion before you have the chance to review them.

When this occurs, strange things can start to happen.

For instance, one day a small shelled being may show up and join your flock.

Then not too long after that, another small shelled being may show up and join your flock.

Just like that – no voting or anything – and suddenly instead of training and managing one flock mate, you have to train and manage three flock mates!

Whew.

Since the large featherless beings tend to absorb training lessons more fully when they are delivered through “visual learning,” sometimes it can be helpful to “act it out” for them. (Here, it can also really help if you are already a world-famous and feathery actor.)

On that note, Love & Feathers is proud to present the world-famous and feathery actor Pearl Cutts in his latest one-avian play:

“My Shells”

As the curtain slowly opens, attendees see that a colorful cloth decorates the stage. On top of the cloth are two small white objects. They look sort of like….shells.

Just then, the star of the show appears. He gives the audience a stern look before launching into his dialogue (this being a new strategy to avoid all the noisy fainting). It seems to work….sort of.

Okay. So what are you two doing here? Give it to me straight – no funny business.
Um, “Mom?” MOM? MOOOOM! Yes, I was calling you. These two shelled beings say you sent them. Is this true?
Well, yes, it matters. Remember your training? (of course not). Remember how you are supposed to run all new ideas by the flock “alpha” – as in, me – first?
SIGH. Yes, Mom, that is a very touching story. Yes, I can see they need a home. Yes, I am a very generous host and a great “alpha” flock leader. Yes, I can see how they could benefit from my expert leadership and training. Speaking of which….
Hey, Mom! Look! CUTENESS! (gets her every time). Now look – repeat after me. “As a ‘beta’ flock member, I agree to run all future ideas by the ‘alpha’ flock leader first.” That’s right. Now repeat that 100 times. And remember….CUTENESS….
Now, look, you two. You can stay. But you have to follow my lead, ok. This will be our little secret.

As the curtain slowly closes, the audience can hear the large featherless being known only as “Mom” softly repeating to herself, “As a ‘beta’ flock member, I agree to run all future ideas by the ‘alpha’ flock leader first. As a ‘beta’ flock member, I agree to run all future ideas by the ‘alpha’ flock leader first. As a ‘beta’ flock member, I agree to run all future ideas by the ‘alpha’ flock leader first…..”

The. End.

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Published by Shannon Cutts

Cockatiel, redfoot tortoise & box turtle mama. Pet & people blogger.

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