Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Attack of the Columba livia domestica

Day 1
5 AM
scrith-scratch. scritch-scritch-scratch.
roo. grroo.

Day 2
8 AM
CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP
I leapt up, eyes gummed shut with sleep, heart going like a triphammer on Ritalin, adrenaline washing through my blood. Not pleasant. Damn near killing on a sunday morning. I actually had to struggle to draw that first breath.
CLAPCLAP
clunk
roo.
grroo-roo.
CLAPCLAPCLAPclapclap
scratch
roo
clap clap clap...
Look around. Nothing. Roommate fast asleep. Clock ticking. Birds chirping. Distant muted traffic. Lying back and dozing off.
Day 3
6 AM
CRASH!
CLAPCLAPCLAP
Argh! Huh-what-mmf-splutter. Wide-eyed jerky vision flickering around. Getting up.
Pad quietly into corridor. Door closed. Bolted. Nobody. Clothesline slightly swaying.
Peek into kitchen. Vision blurry, eyes watering with sleep and fright. Sense of whiteness.
Small, quiet but very deliberate movement.
groo
scritch-scratch
Quietly move back. Slowly reach into the dark behind me, fingers skittering across the door edge, the wall, the wire, onto the switches. Fingertips sliding over plug, switch, outside light, kitchen light.
Press.
Click
brightness
Sudden violent explosion of sound and motion into my face!
CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAP
scratch-clunk
clapclapclap clap clap
gasp. gasp. gasp... gasp... breathe... breathe.
Look.
Smashed jar on ground. Salt everywhere. Nobody.
Day 4
8:30 AM
Alarm missed. Late. Struggle up.
Mouth dry and tasting like dessicated ashtray. Cold water. In the fridge.
Head for kitchen.
pad-pad-pad-squelch.
Stop. Lift foot. Warm gooey wet sensation mixed with small soft lumps.
pad-hop pad-hop pad-hop wassssshhhhhhh
roo? groo-roo. roo.
Look up.
Pair of black beady and completely insane eyes looking into mine less than a foot away. Grey feathery body. Cracked and veined pinkish-gray skin. Yellowed claws.
groo! roo-groo-roo!
Pigeons are in my home.

Day 4
11 PM
Close all windows
1 AM
scratch-scratch. scratch-scratch.
roo.
scratch-scratch.
Mumble unintelligibly and turn over.
scratch-scratch.
roo.
scratch.
scratch-scratch.
scratch.
Leaping up staggering into bathroom light explosive flutter of wings from window silence
Sleep.
Day 6
2 AM
Wake. Bladder painfully full.
Complete darkness. Silence. Dogs barking in the distance.
Pad into bathroom. Light. Peeing.
roo.
Look up.
It's there. Six inches from my face. Sitting on pipe. Watching me. Not moving. Watching. Looking in my eyes.
Heart jumping straight into throat. Flow clamping painfully closed. Spontaneous backward lateral jump putting back of head straight into edge of door.
Flashing lights, stars.
Pain.
groo.
CLAPCLAPCLAP struggle clapclap clap clap silence
Don't sleep for two hours.
Day 7
Stuff T-shirt into hole in bathroom window. Close all windows.
9 PM
Back home.
Open door.
Darkness
Hot stuffy, dry, and, yes, feathery smell.
And... something else.
Something's in here.
groo.
I left it in the house
Lights
Crap.
Pigeon crap. Everywhere. On my books. My electric drill. The DVD player. The floor. TV. Stove. Kitchen counter.
roo.
Gaze drawn inoxerably upwards, slowly like my dawning understanding.
Shoerack. Shelves. Wall.
And... loft.
groo.
Clamber up. Look inside.
Five beady black homicidal avian glares.
It's a nest.
What do I do now?

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