One fat swallow

Disclaimer: this little snippet of a story is from a writing exercise in Fiction called ‘Storyspine’. It began with a small sparrow whose siblings pushed it out of the nest, then it got fat eating all the worms before anyone else.

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In hindsight, it was my own hubris that caused my death. I revelled in my victory over my siblings, gobbling down any worm that popped its head to the surface before any others could grab it. But my greed had a price. I ballooned beyond my tiny bird body into a form much like a chicken in girth. My stick-thin legs struggled to support my weight and I was forced to use my wings to push myself around. And with the weight came an insatiable hunger. I needed every worm, every bug that entered my sight, so much so that I became blinded by all else. This is how a fox came upon me. I was heaving myself towards my delectable prize and he simply gave a sniff, then picked me up in his jaws and wandered away. The last thing I saw was the quiver of the fox’s jaw as it struggled to swallow me whole.

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