He was a twitcher

He was a twitcher. Not the moving kind, the still kind. The kind that watches birds and catalogues them.

Today he was stalking a Superb Fairywren which he knew well from his thumbed books. He’d been keeping an eye on a female that was flitting within the wattle, letting out a reeling song.

Edging forward on his stomach he’d managed to spot her nest. It was dome shaped, constructed of grasses and cobwebs. The delicate intricacy removed his breath. His prey, the female was lighting between the entrance and the dense undergrowth, peeling out her sharp bell.

The Fairywren wasn’t uncommon, but still the twitcher watched closely. The lightweight dancing of the female bird made him think of his lover, her neck cocked and beady eye. As he watched the slight body of the bird move decisively the more he saw his lover – she too was sharp and quick.

The female Fairywren hopped flirtatiously between twig and branch. The nape of her neck was shiveringly pale. His lover too was like that – never stopping, always offering, her neck an invitation.

He laid out his materials, quietly and with stealth. This was always the part that made him feel an excited sense at the bottom of his spine, a delicious tingling. As always he imagined his lover before him.

The twitcher snared the Fairywren in his net, loving her as best as he knew how.

“Be still my beating heart,” he whispered, squeezing the fragile neck to feel the tiny bones break.

He was a twitcher

anya

Joined August 2008

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For the Twisted Tales 18 prompt – ‘still’

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