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The Origin of Birds in the Footprints of Writing

By Raymond St. Elmo All Rights Reserved ©

Humor / Fantasy


I sat on the bed in the dark, my back to the wall. I began a new web page. Time to tell the world the truth, I thought, and felt a surge of pride. This would upset the secret powers of the world. But hey they had cost me my $400 security deposit. It was pay back time. I would tell the world. But tell the world what? I typed out the flat truth to see how it looked. "There is a secret society of dead writers who live in the wall spaces between realities, in the words of dreams, in the uncertainty of empty rooms. They call themselves the Tribunal. Often they appear as birds. They peek out of mirrors and walk the shadows of libraries at night. They are old and sly and are not retired. They have vast plans. They have me barricaded in my bedroom and they painted my windows black. They are listening at the door now. Send help." I read it over several times. It expressed all the facts nicely, yet it lacked something. Specifically, it lacked the power to upset anyone except those kindly disposed to nutcases.

Forword by the transcriber

These pages are the result of my one month as an employee of the National Security Agency. I do solemnly promise the reader: it is very unlikely that they shall come under any special scrutiny if they choose to read further.

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