Alfie Winterflood, jack-of-all-trades at the local fairground, was up to almost any task. Welder needed? Alfie had his blowtorch. Something needed tightening? Alfie always carried a screwdriver. Squeaky hinges? Alfie was a wizard with an oilcan. He was handyman extraordinaire with a wide range of capabilities.
But then, Alfie was unique in many ways. Every inch of his skin sported a tattoo, his hands particularly intriguing. Facing outward, thumbs together, they formed an owl butterfly with wings that appeared to flutter in flight. Even more remarkable, the palms themselves revealed no heart line, no head line and certainly no life line.
“Owls portend death,” my grandpa told me once. He was the superstitious sort who never walked under ladders and turned the car around if he saw a black cat. “The cry of an owl is something special,” he said. “Someone is destined to die.”
“We’re all destined to die,” I argued, proud of my scientific thinking. So I wasn’t worried when an owl took up residence on our barn roof. Until another showed up. And another.
I watched grandpa load his shotgun. “Only way to make ‘em leave,” he said, so calm, “is to get killing. I’ll start next door.”
Alatariel: Pelwrath, is the remodel a surprise?
Oct 24, 2021 18:03:58 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Looks like these Halloween entries are going to be sooooooo close.
Oct 25, 2021 16:20:30 GMT -6
Oct 25, 2021 17:05:24 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: Tonight I learned that critiquing other peoples' critiques is not a custom in some groups. Is that even true? I did it in school and I think we do that here.
Oct 25, 2021 20:02:22 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: Im not sure they will enjoy reading chapters of my novel every several weeks with the content.
Oct 25, 2021 20:05:42 GMT -6
Alatariel: I don't think I've ever critiqued someone else's crit
Oct 25, 2021 21:08:46 GMT -6
HDSimplicityy: I mean clarifying your writing
Oct 25, 2021 21:43:06 GMT -6
pelwrath: Day 3 of remodeling, kind of a surprise. She know that not what. Get new electrical covers, put molding back, closet shelves, and start assembling new furniture. Wife is refinishing desk.
Oct 26, 2021 7:34:33 GMT -6
pelwrath: I hope to be less tired and return to scoring tonight.
Oct 26, 2021 8:36:37 GMT -6