Birdsong

Birdsong 

Mock warfare. The boys practiced in the schoolyard, emulating our elders. I observed, peering over the pages of my book. Until I became the protagonist of my own story.

A decent vocabulary and a few untold quips proved to be enough ammunition for the blitz of Günther. Mock the mockingbird long enough, and you might be amazed at what you’ll unearth.

“Günther, heads I win, tails you lose?”

“Talkin’ to me, Walter? Heads, dummkopf.”

A sin to kill a mockingbird? Maybe, but what if the tortured bird decided to turn the tables and slit your throat?

He never saw my knife coming. “You lose.” I slit him sternum to tail.

© Grace Black

110 words
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Joint 3rd Place Winning Entry
Here is what the Judge, David Borrowdale, had to say:

From the names (Gunther and Walter) and language (dummkopf) I assumed these children were German which is a nice twist. I also like that it is told from the POV of a bookish boy (the mockingbird) who gets his revenge on the school-yard bully. Poor Gunther never really stood a chance, and when he is tricked into a game of chance he can’t win “the Blitz of Gunther” (a great spin on the Blitz) is on. The tortured mockingbird gets his revenge: “You lose.”

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