[It's a rare video post, yes, but it's focused on the weather-stained window. In the distance, there's a swarm of pigeons. It's raining.
Rain is terribly
[Spoken like an admiration! There's a smile on his voice. He must be in a good mood. (Or slightly drunk.)
Anyway, these ones aren't mine
, but-- [He clears his throat.
was about to sit down to a dinner of herbs when a friend had arrived, but the bird-trap was quite empty--[He follows the pigeons with his camera.
] --as he had caught nothing that day, and so he had to kill a pied partridge that he had tamed for a decoy. The bird entreated earnestly for his life [Pleadingly:
] "What would you do without me when next you spread your nets? Who would chirp you to sleep, or call for you the covey of answering birds?"
The birdcatcher spared his life and determined to pick out a fine young rooster. But the rooster expostulated in piteous tones from his perch: "If you kill me, who will announce to you the appearance of the dawn!? Who will wake you to your daily tasks or tell you when it is time to visit the bird-trap in the morning?'
The birdcatcher replied, "What you say is true. You are
a capital bird at telling the time of day. But my friend and I must have our dinners."
[He snickers, a quiet wheezing sound. Oh, he's definitely drunk.
One more. [Breaaaaathe.
] A singing bird-- [Again, he follows the pigeons.
] ---was confined in a cage which hung outside a window not unlike this one
, and had a way of singing at night when all other birds were asleep. One night, a bat
came and clung to the bars of the cage, and asked the bird why she was silent by day and sang only at night. Not a little peculiar, that.
"I have a very good reason for doing so!" said the bird. "It was once when I was singing in the daytime that a fowler was attracted by my voice, and set his nets for me and caught me. Since then, I have never sung except by night."
But the bat replied, "It is no use your doing that now when you are a prisoner
. If only you had done so before you were caught, you might still have been free!"
[Beat. There's an awkward, unsteady silence before he clicks off the video.
]( private to edward nygma )