Tastes Like Chicken (a five-minute #freewrite)

“Idiot. Squawk! Idiot. Squawk!

I rolled my eyes and turned to Joey. He was as pleased as punch. Maybe I should punch him. “Seriously? Did you really need to teach it that?”

Joey’s grin widened. “Oh, that’s not all! Wait til you hear this…”

He turned to the cockatoo and put his finger against its chest, encouraging it to step up. He raised it so they were eye to eye with one another and spoke solemnly. “Polly, dear. Do you care for a cracker?”

The bird spun about and performed a wild dance on his arm, flapping its wings up and down as it squawked over and over. “Cracker! Crack, crack. Squawk! Crack your face. Idiot. Squawk! Crack your nuts. Squawk!

“Good grief.” I shook my head. “I was hoping for something a bit more… I don’t know. Savoury?”

“Savoury!?” Joey looked at me in horror. “Don’t say such things around the bird. She might think we want to eat her.”

“Idiot. Squawk! Crack your nuts. Idiot.”

I looked at the bird perched upon Joey’s shoulder. I hadn’t even thought of that. The creature was large enough. And it was nearing dinner time. There was nothing else to eat until shopping day tomorrow, unless they ordered pizza. But, why waste the money? I licked my lips.

“Think it tastes like chicken?”



Today is day 369 of @mariannewest’s five-minute #freewrite challenge, and the prompt for today is – idiot. And you can find the challenge and join in behind these blue words! 😀

This is the third time I’ve written about Joey’s antics. First he was a firebug who forgot to pay the bills, then he was an ice-cream munching freedom advocate, and now he has obtained a parrot from somewhere. I don’t know about him sometimes. I wonder what he’ll get up to next time. He’s turning into a character that I really like and might have a proper use for at some point. 🙂

The photo used for my heading is a CC0 image courtesy of Alison Marras on Unsplash!

Thank you for reading! 🙂