New short story posted and online

Last Update: January 05, 2014

Just finished posting the next new Short Story on my Short Story Anthology site.

http://shortstoryanthology.com/the-10-cent-sparrow-8197/ for the Story...

http://shortstoryanthology.com/ for the home page of the site.

Please check it out and let me know what you think either here
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Thanks folks and Enjoy!

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AnnieB Premium
I enjoyed the story all but the poor sparrow being killed. I wish we had more over here in Australia like we used to. Those darned aggressive, non native Indian Myna birds are claiming every habitat they can for themselves. As a child I was the one rescuing every injured bird for miles around and taking them home to die peacefully. I still do, only now we have "at home wildlife carers" that will nurse them.
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SpecsShorts Premium
What caring and compassionate work. That Sparrow still haunts me today like all our past 'I wish I could try that again' things we learned from. But then I guess then we wouldn't have learned. I tried convincing myself it was sick and gonna die anyway so I at least I made it quick. Didn't help.
Thanks for the read AnnieB!! and for your feedback. Yeh, I've heard Myna birds can be mean buggers!
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AnnieB Premium
You are a very gifted writer G :) And life is but one big lesson to be broken down into pieces, and then to grow from. Now if you'd come over to Australia we've got these mean birds called.....
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SpecsShorts Premium
OK AnnieB - see ya in the morning. With a compliment like that, I feel I must do as you request and do it with pleasure.
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mackiejw Premium
I left a comment at your site
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SpecsShorts Premium
Thanks John - I'm pretty sure I have to moderate comments so if you didn't see it right away after you made it...that's why. If you did, then I guess I'm wrong. You set that stuff up then forget unless you have to do it several times.
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Animate Premium
Great story, George, I was almost there with you. My heart sank when you set out shooting birds and was glad when you didn't hit any. The ending was the best, with your realisation that all life is precious.

My brother and I have a similar story shooting at Silvereye's in our figtree with an airgun (is that the same as a BB gun?). It wasn't until we killed one and gazed at its beautiful delicate limp little body, that we regretted our actions and all the fun of the hunt left us. The Silvereyes were then left to feast on the figs.
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Hi Mariette! - I'm not sure...a BB gun is air powered and shoots out these little bitty metal beads, usually copper colored. I'm awed and intrigued about how your story played out with you and your brother. So similar....remember the year?...nah, never mind that....don't want to know! [Actually would kinda cool...parallel universes and all that. Never heard of Silvereye birds before.
It is a true story and I think of that bird even today.
Thanks for your comments, Mariette, and I understand exactly how you and your brother felt...same-o, same-o.
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Come to think of it, the 'gun' is actually called an 'air rifle' which fires little lead pellets powered by air. I can't think how we came to get it, or how, as kids, we happened to play with it - don't think parents knew anything about it.
The Silvereye was common in Western Australia where we lived at the time, but have never sighted one on the East coast, in NSW, where we are now.
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Angelsway Premium
I'm glad you became a friend of the little sparrows.......
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SpecsShorts Premium
Hi Judy!!! They never did let me pet them anymore after that. Little buggers. They're so sensitive. OK, I confess, I step over ants and catch spiders and bees in the house to put them outside. Only creature that turns me into a monster is a fly. I've been late to work in the past trying to kill a fly. I think their buzzing hits some resonate frequency in my head 'cause they just piss-me-right-off!
What are some of the common creatures in Grand Ol' Ireland? Just seems like you would have some very interesting ones considering climate and all that.
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Nam Premium
Thank you, George. I miss my childhood sorely.
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SpecsShorts Premium
Aww Nam. That's a good thing to say. I think more men need to become more gentle such as you are. Being a gentle and compassionate person doesn't make a man weak. In fact, I think it makes him stronger and smarter in his decision making. Men are geared to protect and I believe that is innate in us and when it's needed, the juice is there. Great post Nam. So few words and you said so much.
Glad you liked the story.
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Nam Premium
Dear George, my younger me is quite a different story, rebellious yet fragile. I wanted to manipulate the world by my deceptive strength and suicidal charm… then God conquered me, shown me how small and sinful I am… I relinquished and became authentic…
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SpecsShorts Premium
It's the new you now that we all see here, Nam. Good thing you relinquished to God...not one you would want to mess with!!
Good phrasing on 'suicidal charm'. You have a very strong ability to say so much with so few words. Excellent talent to have. Makes people think.
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