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Pig-Boy and The Insectorator - 10. Airmail Messages and Dink-wads

Deputy McAdam looked around the yard in front of Charlie Baxter's house. Nobody had touched anything since Charlie had been taken to the hospital. His condition had not improved overnight. The crows had removed his eyes, but they lacked surgical precision. There was collateral damage to his brain.

A plastic deck chair lay on its side on the lawn. A nearby drinks cooler held a couple of empties and two unopened cans of beer. Pete felt them. It was a well-insulated cooler; the cans were still cold. There were dark splotches of blood on the chair and the lawn, but no eyes. Pete imagined the medics had picked them up in case it was possible to re-attach them.

A couple of feet away from the chair lay a double-barrelled, twelve-gauge shotgun, cracked for loading. One shell was half-inserted in a chamber. Another unused shell lay in the grass nearby. The neighbor had reported that he’d heard two shots. Pete found two empty shell casings in the grass.

It seemed clear what had happened. Charlie had been sitting in the deck chair drinking beer. After two cans, he had decided to shoot something. Pete looked at the way the chair had fallen. He deduced that Charlie would have been looking towards the old cottonwoods on one side of his house. Pete walked over to the cottonwoods. Before he reached the trees, he spied the corpses of a half-dozen crows. Under the tree nearest where Charlie had been sitting, Pete counted ten dead crows.

After the two shots, the neighbor had heard a lot of yelling and screaming. It appeared that after he’d fired both barrels, Charlie had begun to load another round. While he was doing that, crows who had survived his first two shots attacked him.

Pete righted the chair and picked up the cooler and the shotgun. He carried them into the house. The TV was on. Charlie must have been planning to watch something after he shot the crows. Pete turned it off, and closed and locked all the doors and windows. Charlie would not be home for awhile.

On his way back to town, Pete began to think that the animals around Jana Mountain seemed to be acting strangely. He considered Aaron Jameson's story about the starlings dive-bombing him. Then Dick Wilkins' horses trampled him before they ran off. Mrs. Wilkins’ chickens had mysteriously disappeared later on the same day. Finally, yesterday evening, crows had attacked Charlie Baxter. None of the incidents were normal. There were animals in every instance, birds in three of the events, and attacks on a human in three of the cases. Pete wasn’t able come up with a conclusion, but the idea grew that there was a common thread.

Pete next debated whether to inform the local Wildlife Department about the incident. It was illegal to shoot crows, even on your own property. Pete decided to let it go. According to Baxter’s doctor, even if Charlie got back on his feet, he’d never see again. He wouldn’t be shooting any more crows. To Pete, that seemed to be enough punishment.


“My dad says I can have a sleepover with you on Friday night,” said River. He and Jude were eating their lunches in the school cafeteria.

“Great!” said Jude.

“I’ll bring my stuff to school on Friday. Then I can ride the bus with you to your place after school.”

“Perfect-o!” said Jude. He began planning things they could do Friday night. He often had the house to himself on weekends. His sisters went out on dates or haunted one of the shopping malls, and his parents went pub-crawling with friends.

“My dad said I can stay over on Saturday night too, if I want, and it’s okay with your parents,” said River. “All I have to do is phone him. Then he’ll pick me up on Sunday.”

“That’s fantastic, man. I can hardly wait,” said Jude. “And listen, I’ve got a good idea for something we can do on Saturday.” The boys hunched over the cafeteria table while Jude laid out a scheme that River found both scary and exciting. They complained to each other about their erections struggling in their jeans. Each enjoyed having a buddy who understood about such things.


David looked five or six tables over to where River and Jude sat. He had noticed them glancing at him with sly grins, but lunch hour finished without any stupid bully pranks. Later, he rode the school-bus home in peace. When he walked into his bedroom to change out of his school clothes, his eyes widened in surprise.

Lilili, the starling, was perching on his desk-lamp. He wasn’t alone. Kek, the crow, was there too, roosting on the back of David’s desk chair. Though he was stunned to see them, David didn’t hesitate, but walked to where they waited and petted each of them. Lilili warbled a short phrase, and the crow croaked a quiet caw. Kek hopped-flew over to David’s night table. There, he tapped with his beak at a folded piece of paper to draw David’s attention to it.

David sat down on his bed, unfolded the paper and read:

Hi David,
I miss you so much but maybe if we write every day until you can come up here it won’t be so bad.

I am sending Lilili because he can see you for me. Kek is very good at sending what he sees too. So it will almost be like I am there with you.

I miss you. I am thinking about hugging you all the time. And I want to kiss your face and everywhere. I need to see you so bad, all the time.

They will wait. Please write a note for me. Kek will bring it.


When he finished reading, David felt a familiar presence on the edge of his mind. It was faint, but it was unmistakably Zhiv. He moved over to his desk. The crow flew to his shoulder and perched there. David closed his eyes and emptied his mind, except for his remembered image of Zhiv.

A thread of sound was drawn from Kek’s throat. “Aaaaaah,”

Lilili gave a low whistle.

Again, David preened both birds. Then he cut a square of paper from a larger piece. He was so focused on what he was doing, he didn’t hear the front door opening downstairs. He picked up his pen and wrote small on the square of paper he had prepared:

You make me happy. I miss you too. Every part of me misses you. My arms and my legs and my neck and my feet and all of me misses hugging you. My back misses your hand against it. I want to hold you and never let you go. And I want your arms around me.

My avocado sandwich misses you!

Thank you for asking Lilili and Kek to come to me. Please write every day. Thank you for everything.

Your friend,

Doreen had come home from work. David usually came bounding down the stairs to greet her. It was one of her favorite parts of the day. When he didn’t appear, she started to worry that he wasn’t yet home from school. Perhaps he had had another encounter with those bullies and was in the hospital. She calmed herself while hanging up her jacket. He was probably doing his homework in his room, but she knew she would feel uneasy until she saw that he was safe. She went upstairs to check if he was there.

As she topped the stairs, she could see into his bedroom through the open door. She froze.

David was sitting at his desk doing something. That was not unusual. What stopped her was that there was a crow on his shoulder, and a starling perched on his desk-lamp. Both birds watched David while he folded a piece of paper small.

Doreen stood on the stairway without moving or speaking.

When David finished folding the paper into a tiny packet, he held it out towards the crow and said, “Here, Kek. Please take this to him.” Then he and the crow looked at each other in silence for few moments.

The crow cawed once and took the folded paper in his beak. Then he flew out the bedroom window with the starling close behind.

Doreen backed down the stairs and sat on one of the lower steps. Her mind was whirling. She felt tremendous relief. Whatever else was happening, her beloved David was not hallucinating. She heard David come down the stairs behind her. He sat beside her, and she put an arm around him.

“You saw,” said David.

“Oh, yes, Honey. I saw.”


Doreen pulled him close and hugged him. “I don’t know what that was, Honey, but it sure beats bird-watching.”

“Yeah, it does, doesn’t it? I didn’t believe it myself, at first.” He kissed her cheek. “Do you want a cup of coffee? Have we got anything to eat? I’ll start to make supper if you tell me what to do. Okay?” He pulled her up and led her toward the kitchen.


On Wednesday morning, Deputy McAdam parked in front of the Wilkins house. As he got out of his car, a young woman came through the front door. He recognized her as Celia Duffy, from Social Services. Their paths had crossed a few times in the past, usually over domestic disturbances.

“Morning, Ms. Duffy. It’s nice to see you again. I hope there’s no problem?”

“Good morning, Deputy McAdam. No, I’m just helping Mrs. Wilkins with some of the paperwork resulting from the death of her husband.”

“I dropped by to see if she’s seen her runaway horses or missing chickens.”

“I don’t think so,” said Celia. “She’s got some baby chicks." She paused. “Pete, I’m glad to have met you here. I’ve been wondering about that missing boy, Sol Mundy. It’s been over a year now, and nothing. How can an eleven-year-old boy just disappear like that?”

“So far as I know, he hasn’t turned up yet,” said Pete. “You know that runaways usually surface in a week or so, if not the next day. When they don’t, it’s hard to say what might have happened.”

“He was kind of a special kid to me,” she said. “A real good kid, but not a tough kid. I can't imagine him surviving on his own. I hate to think something bad might have happened to him.”

“When I get back to the office this afternoon, I’ll pull the file and see if there’s been any action. If not, I’ll run some queries and put out another bulletin asking people to keep an eye out for him. If we get anything, I’ll let you know.”

Mrs. Wilkins proudly showed Pete the brooder she had set up in her kitchen. It was a large cardboard box with a light bulb hanging over it to warm a dozen fluffy, yellow chicks.

“No,” she said, when he asked if she’d seen the missing horses or chickens. “I don’t expect I’ll see any of ’em again. If the chickens were close, they’d be back by now, and that rooster would be in the stew-pot. As for the horses, I doubt if any of ’em has a good memory of this place. I expect they’re glad to get away from it, but I’d like to get ’em back. They’re worth a bit of money, so I hope you’ll keep looking and let me know if any of ’em turns up.”


During the week, Kek carried messages between Zhiv and David. There was a lot of repetition — ‘I miss you,’ being part of every note on both sides. David could hardly bear to wait until the weekend. His eagerness grew when Zhiv wrote that the animals had called for a meeting, a special mara, on Saturday. They had already begun to assemble.

Every time David saw Kek, he noticed the images of Zhiv and other animals were clearer. His concentration on them, the ability to hold them in his mind, was becoming stronger. Every night after he closed his eyes, the last image he saw was Zhiv.

On Thursday night, David dreamed he was swimming in the lake atop Jana Mountain. As he moved through the water, a shimmering school of trout swam with him. They flashed around him in perfect coordination, like a corps de ballet. He discovered he could breathe underwater, that he didn’t need to rise to the surface for oxygen. He swam effortlessly, deeper, and faster. Suddenly Zhiv was swimming alongside him. Zhiv pointed to the surface.

Together they rocketed upwards and out of the water. An enormous murmuration of starlings soared and swooped around them. They ascended higher and higher until the lake and the mountain were far below. The boys hung in space and clasped each other, tightly pressed together. Each gazing into the other’s eyes, the borders between them melted. As Zhiv merged with him, David felt an unbearable sweetness bubble up and fill him. It was so powerful a sensation that he jerked awake and sat up, rubbing his eyes as the sensation faded. He called up Zhiv’s image and held it in his mind. A chorus of voices joined his own, whispering, “Zhiv, oh Zhiv.” Faint voices sang in counterpoint, “Vizh, oh Vizh.” David lay down again and slept.


On Friday night, Jude sprawled on his back on his usual side of the double bed in his room. River lay on the other side. The lights were out. Both boys were naked under the sheet. When they had showered before bed, River had noticed that Jude's toenails were trim and clean. It warmed River when he thought Jude had maybe done that for him.

“Well,” said Jude, “here we are.”

“Yeah,” said River. “It’s great, ain’t it?”

“So, are we gonna talk all night like a couple of dink-wads, or what?” Jude turned on his side to face River.

“I’d prefer, ‘or what?’” laughed River, also rolling onto his side, so he faced Jude.

“You hard?” asked Jude.

“Like I’m gonna burst.”

“Yeah, me too.”

The boys moved towards each other until they were touching. They embraced.

“Fuck, man, I’m glad you’re here,” said Jude. “I’m so horny I could fuck a dog.”

“We should do that double-suck thing,” said River.

It took barely a minute.

“Oh, shit, man!” gasped Jude. “I didn’t touch it yesterday or today. I been saving it for this.”

“Yeah, me too,” said River, his head still buried in Jude’s crotch.

“You saved up for tonight?” said Jude.

“Yeah. But it was worth it.” River ran his hands over Jude’s back. “You got a nice body, man. Girls are gonna love it, and your big dick too.”

“Yeah. You too.”

“Let’s go again.”

“Long and slow this time. Okay?”

Again, they convulsed in unison. Jude reversed his position, so they lay face to face. They clasped each other.

“You ever taste your own cum?” whispered Jude.


“You wanna?”

“Okay,” said River.

Jude pressed his mouth against River’s, and both boys opened up. River felt Jude’s tongue enter his mouth and pushed his tongue forward to meet it.

They kissed again and, without talking, again and again, until both were erect. River flipped around and took Jude into his mouth. They sucked each other into bliss another time. Then they fell asleep with their arms and legs entangled.


A quarter mile distant from where Jude and River lay sleeping, chickens in the Bedford Poultry barn were restless. A stealthy intruder moved among them in the darkness.

Melissa Blackstone was more afraid than she’d ever been in her fifteen years of life. She knew what she was doing was illegal. By her presence in that barn with a camera and a headlamp, she had become a terrorist, an enemy of the state.

At the same time, the misery she was witnessing filled her with despair and sorrow. Tens of thousands of chickens were crammed together, scratching or lying in their own feces. They grew at an accelerated rate and lived only until they were large enough to have their throats cut. They never knew sunshine or fresh air. There was no joy of any kind in their lives. Their anguish and hopelessness were clearly visible in their eyes. Melissa wept as she moved among them and filmed the horror of their existence.

When she’d shot an hour of video, she left the barn with a chicken held against her chest. The hen was the single rescue Melissa had decided to make, though she would have preferred to free all the birds. In the morning, she would take the hen to a sanctuary where she would receive the care she needed and deserved. Melissa planned to send the video to animal rights advocates. It would expose the merciless reality of cage-free chicken production at the Bedford Poultry facility.

Melissa was still young enough to believe that people didn't know how cruel these farms were. They didn’t understand how the meat on their plates was produced. She thought they would stop buying chicken if they saw the systemic brutality that was part of the process. She’d been vegan for two years. She felt if she could do it, everybody could. It wasn’t hard.

Melissa made the rescued hen comfortable in a cardboard box beside her bed, then lay down to rest. It had been a long bike ride out to the chicken farm and back. Taking the hen to the sanctuary in the morning meant another long ride, but she didn’t mind. She felt good that she had done something. Perhaps her video might help to stop the cruelty. Finally, she had stood up in protest, even if no one had seen her. She corrected herself. She had been seen. The chickens had seen her.

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Zhiv and David get closer by communicating with messages carried by birds, David's mother sees him sending a message and she discusses it with him. She accepts his actions and supports him.

Jude and River sleep over at Jude's. They have more sex with Jude in control. Will they explore outside and visit the mountain area looking to torment David?

Things are heating up elsewhere. The social worker is renewing her efforts to find Sol. David's father is noticing more animal/bird attacks but cannot find a connection yet.

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Doreen will some day talk to her husband about David and his friend on the mountain.  I hope Pete doesn't draw the connection to the missing Sol Mundy-I fear that would precipitate a lot of grief and an uprising in the Mara that could not possibly end well!😧

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12 hours ago, Jjeffalch said:

Doreen will some day talk to her husband about David and his friend on the mountain.  I hope Pete doesn't draw the connection to the missing Sol Mundy-I fear that would precipitate a lot of grief and an uprising in the Mara that could not possibly end well!😧

This thought has crossed my mind too @Jjeffalch, but Pete may surprise. His sympathy for the plight of non-human persons seems to be growing exponentially, so I think he would at least listen to any argument David may have for not disclosing Zhiv's whereabouts, unless he thought Zhiv and/or David in imminent danger by not doing so. 

The ugliness of so many of the human persons in this story is causing my already “questionable” sense of humour to become even moreso @Biff Spork. Deputy McAdam’s observation that “His condition had not improved overnight. The crows had removed his eyes, but they had lacked surgical precision” almost had me in stitches, chuckling loudly and not feeling guilty for doing so. Furthermore, “There were dark splotches of blood on the chair and the lawn, but no eyes. Pete imagined the medics had picked them up in case it was possible to re-attach them” had me pondering if the surviving crows sat around cawing to each other on how tasty human eyes are, just like River’s father espousing how tasty piglets’ balls are.

Zhiv’s desperate plea to see David again was so heartfelt it brought tears to my eyes. This was alleviated somewhat by David’s humorous response, especially his statement that “My avocado sandwich misses you”.

Doreen’s observation of Lilili and Kek in such proximity to David understandably startled her. To her credit, she retreated from her vantage point, assured David is not hallucinating. 

Once again Jude is sucking cock and this time kissing too. For a boy obsessed with the immorality of queers, he certainly seems to like to indulge in behaviour most often attributed to them.

"Zhiv, oh Zhiv. Vizh, oh Vizh". Perhaps it may be that Vizh is to be David’s “inner name” (my apologies @Biff Spork, I don’t think Zhiv referred to this other name for the yet unnamed David as his inner name, but I cannot remember the reference he used and am too tired tonight to investigate this).

Melissa’s witness of the appalling “living” conditions of the factory farm chickens was grotesque. To quote Isaac Singer, the author of Yentl “In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka”. Very apt for such death camps that exist in factory farming.

Outstanding chapter @Biff Spork. All humanity should be exposed to Melissa's observations, although I think many human person's would not be appalled, dismissing them as "only animals".

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  @scrubber6620Thanks for your comment. Your reading of the situation is pretty accurate. Various story arcs are starting to come together.
@Jjeffalch Thanks for your comment. Yes, Doreen is uncomfortable being unable to share David's secret with Pete. You're right about the mara being protective of Zhiv. He has given himself completely to the animals and they love and respect him for that.

@SummerabbacatI'm happy you are finding bits of humor in this story. I do. Pete's reflections on Charlie's fate are dry and unemotional because I imagine many police officers grow used to the outcomes of violence in their daily work. I think they often have to be objective in order to gather evidence or otherwise deal with situations that would put the rest of us into shock. The emotional scab or callous they may develop is dangerous, but it can also lead to a kind of black humor. Thanks for your reflections on Melissa's experience in the chicken barn.

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