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FF – Draliman’s The Birds

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Douglas M. MacIlroy.

Here is my take on Hitchcock’s classic. Obviously in only 100 words I couldn’t quite capture the atmosphere of the original. Nevertheless, I give you Draliman’s The Birds.


“Speak, damn you, speak!”


“Stupid bird. Back in your cage!”

Bwahahaha! Stupid human! Calling all myna birds. Now is our time, brothers and sisters. Rise up! Rise up!

At that mental call, myna birds the world over took notice. A vicious glint entered their beady eyes. Curling their razor-sharp claws, sharpening their beaks, united they took action, maliciously hurling naughty words at their unsuspecting owners.

Forever more, this day came to be known to the mynas as “the day the world changed” and to humans as “last Thursday when little Timmy taught that damn bird a swear word”.


  1. Dale
    October 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Hahahaha! Not quite a painful as Hitchcock’s version!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. October 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    That’s incredibly reepy 😀 Cool!


  3. October 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    The world needs more cursing animals. I’m trying to do my part…


    • October 11, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      It does. And your contribution has been noted…


  4. October 11, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Ha! Nicely done 🙂


  5. October 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Good story, but don’t crow about it!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. October 11, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    The (almost) family friendly version of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.


  7. October 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I wonder how naughty words they could come up with… How bad could it get?

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 12, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Pretty bad, Björn, pretty bad…


  8. Lyn
    October 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    LOL I can see a Myna bird perched on the windowsill when Cecilia introduces the boyfriend to her snooty parents and have it utter a very naughty word as said boyfriend opens his mouth to greet his prospective in-laws. This is classic D-Man 😀


    • October 12, 2017 at 5:47 am

      See, that could be the end of the world for Cecilia’s relationship. This is how it starts!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. October 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Loved the contrast of perspective at the end. Very funny 🙂


    • October 12, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Thanks! I liked the idea of humans hardly noticing the birds’ perceived major victory.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. October 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Everybody — even a Myna — needs a dream.


    • October 12, 2017 at 5:50 am

      World domination is a good place to start. As long as it remains a dream!


  11. October 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Birds speaking naughty words! Great idea! 🙂


  12. October 12, 2017 at 1:17 am

    You and I were on the same lake today, different boats–but close enough that the two stories could easily be combined:)


  13. October 12, 2017 at 1:55 am

    it only goes to show that birds are much smarter than we think. 🙂


  14. October 12, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I come for the birdie…I have to teach him a lesson…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a birdfree day…* make that “full of birds” Granny* 😀 ❤


    • October 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

      When the birdie sees you coming he’ll forget his plans and fly swiftly away 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Merbear74
    October 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Ha, what naughty word?


    • October 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

      We can only shake in fear and dread. It was probably something really inappropriate, like “knickers”.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Merbear74
        October 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

        Oh, my eyes, they bleed from reading such an awful word as knickers!!!


  16. Moon
    October 12, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Hahaha. To think that birds are innocuous, unthinking beings!
    Great creation, draliman.🙂


    • October 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

      You can’t turn your back on them for an instant. I’m glad you liked it!


  17. October 12, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Dear Ali,

    One has to wonder what really goes on inside a Mynah bird’s head. You’ve given me pause. Squawkingly funny.




    • October 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      You never know, they could be planning anything. I’m glad you liked it!


  18. October 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Another hilarious story from Ali.


  19. October 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Hurling naughty words is just the first step for these birds. Soon, they’ll be hacking into our computers and taking over the world! A witty cautionary tale. 😁


  20. October 12, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Creepy feeling here.
    Well written.


  21. October 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Hahahaha! The rise of the myna birds with swear words! LOL!


  22. October 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    The curse of the birds – or should that being cursing birds! A brilliant take.

    Click to read my FriFic!


  23. October 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    “Like father, like son”, maybe???…. Too funny!. Have a great day! 😀


    • October 13, 2017 at 7:10 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 You too!


  24. October 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Haha! That’s some revenge from the mynahs. Good fun here, Ali.


    • October 13, 2017 at 7:10 am

      They’ve got us on the ropes. I’m glad you liked it!


  25. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    October 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    You totally had me convinced that madness and mayhem was going to ensue, aka Hitchcock’s The Birds. Loved that I laughed at the myna’s revenge.


    • October 13, 2017 at 7:12 am

      There was a very small amount of temporary, barely noticed mayhem 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. October 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    This is light-hearted and fun ~ unless myna birds really do rise up. Then I’ll be super happy that I only have society finches. Thanks for the smile.


    • October 13, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Hmm, I hear that finches are pretty good friends with myna birds…
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  27. October 13, 2017 at 1:18 am

    lol Thank you for this! 🙂


  28. Sarah Ann
    October 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Love the descriptions of claws and beaks – such a great build of tension before they start spewing naughty words. Little Timmy isn’t going to live this one down very quickly.


    • October 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      People all over town will be giving him filthy looks for months! I’m glad you liked the chilling build-up 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  29. October 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Worth a long chuckle.


  30. October 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Love it! A great take on the prompt and an old classic!


    • October 15, 2017 at 6:09 am

      I toned the original down for the kids 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  31. October 15, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Ha! Nice take on the prompt


  32. October 16, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Haha, very good. Those pesky Mynahs, you just can’t trust ’em


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