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Sling Shot

Sling shots can be used with either hand. I prefer using my right to hold the base, pulling the pocket back with my left. I got my first sling shot when I was five. Living in New York City I was one of the few kids who owned a sling shot.

There were so few places to shoot. Every chance I got I would go to the roof of our apartment complex and shoot cans. Lining the cans along the edge of the building so I could see what they hit on the ground below added to the fun. I would spend hours shooting cans off the edge of the building, always hoping I would hit a person or something else interesting on the street, stories below.

Eventually, as my aim grew sharper I started shooting at pigeons walking around our roof. I remember the first day I started shooting at pigeons. I hit so many the roof was littered with them. I was so proud of myself. I ran inside to show my mother. She came outside to see my work. She looked and exclaimed, “You disgusting little boy, how could you do this!”

“But Mom, I was just working on my aim.”

“Never ever shoot animals with that thing again.”

She stormed off, leaving me on the roof with my pigeons. I couldn’t get myself to throw them away, so I found a spot behind a massive air conditioning unit and made a feathery pile.

The pile grew. The carcasses from the first, second, third additions began to decompose. Eventually I had a separate pile of bones. I liked to line the bones up from large to small. The pigeon bones were always at the end of the line. I had a nice collection, starting with my pigeons. The cats came next, followed by a good sized pug from the alley across the street. Finally, my mother, her bones came last.

Sling Shot


Joined June 2010

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Artist's Description

This story was very hard for me to write. Nearly all of my stories are true and are based on something that actually happened to me, but this story has little to no relevance to my life. I have never lived in New York, I have shot a slingshot maybe twice and I have never killed my mother. So, if you find this story far fetched or lacking detail, that may be why.
Feel free to comment and leave me suggestions and such. Thanks for reading.

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