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“An’ here, Miss Suzie, here’s where they serve the blueberries,” the hen clucked excitedly as she sashayed into her section of the yard, feathers sprouting in all directions like interested divining rods. “You see that patch by the door there? A little to the left. Mmmhmm. Prime worm selection there after a rainfall.”
“I…appreciate you showing me around,” mumbled the younger bird. She concentrated as she waddled after her mentor, trying to catalogue each drop of wisdom gifted.
The first hen chuckled. To Miss Suzie, it sounded like a chattering monkey who’d inhaled half a tank of helium. “Listen,” she soothed, patting her protégé’s wing. “Don’t you worry about a thing, girl. Be your natural, friendly, sweet self. That’s all it’ll take; your new humans’ll love you.”
“You really can’t stay?”
“I can’t, darling. But someday, we’ll feast together again, roam this grass to our hearts’ content. You’ll look after the family while I’m gone?”
Miss Suzie glanced back towards the house, her head cocked as she absorbed the strange noises. She wasn’t yet fluent in Human, but she recognized the shape of glee when she heard it. She hummed quietly, almost like a kitten’s purr.
“Yes, of course” she promised her teacher. “Of course I will.”
A few weeks ago, @gracefulshrimp and family said goodbye to Red, their sweet hen.
Shrimp requested a cheery story about a chicken. I thought about a meeting between Red and Miss Suzie (their current hen) as a way to celebrate Red’s life and to show the excitement and love Suzie has with–and for–her new humans.
Want to see everything I’ve created in the same place? Because you can do that!