Greetings, Weekend Writing Warriors! For the next few weeks I will be sharing one of the first short stories I wrote. Its was inspired by a collection of short stories The Itch of the Twitch , by Harvey Tyson, a South African writer. Anyone who knows a Twitcher will have realised the great privations they will endure in order to spot a specific bird. They will also know they have a strict code of conduct and their own dialect. To this purpose, I have included a short glossary of terms at the end of this post to give a small window into their fascinating world.
This story takes ‘twitching’ into the future, and the Multiverse of Homo Galacticus.
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The rain and the distance were nearly enough to filter the stench of carrion from our noses.
“Lair?” I used the standard hand signal. Whilst not seeing too well, the target of my expedition could hear exceptionally well.
“Immature male” was the signalled response.
“Only one?” I had caught the merest suggestion of movement. Not enough to see colour, or reliably predict shape or size.
“One LBJ” was the silent reply.
Little Brown Job?
© Kim Magennis
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Glossary of Twitching Terms
Twitching – birdwatching; LBJ – little brown job, a common, often unidentifiable brown bird; Mega– a very rare bird; Chook – already seen or common bird; Jizzer – someone able to jizz, or identify a bird with an overall impression given by the general shape, movement, behaviour, etc; to dip out – to fail to see a bird the twitcher is looking for; Lister – a birdwatcher who keeps an extensive list of all the species they have seen.