The dodo ruffled his feathers, pecking at a nut halfheartedly. He didn't much care for it, so wandered ten feet and pecked another nut. Wander. Peck. Wander. Peck. Trip over a log. Peck peck peck. Finally the dodo found a nut he liked.
It was, oddly enough, the exact same nut he earlier had rejected.
picked it up in his beak and tried to crush it, but didn't succeed.
Frustrated, he tossed the nut to his left. It cracked up against a rock
As he ate, he wondered idly what had happened to
the other dodos. Used to be you couldn't look for a nut to peck at
without running into another dodo, but he hadn't seen another in a few
months. Probably off on another part of the island.
He could hear
something behind him, but he didn't care. There wasn't anything on this
island that could harm him. He continued eating the nut, finished it,
and started wandering off to find another.
despite the clear sky, and the dodo was startled into action, running in
a random direction- the left, as it happened. Then to the right. Then
neither, after he tripped over a log and fell over. There was something
that sounded like nothing natural he'd ever heard before, and then
another crack of thunder. Strangely, the air by the dodo's head whizzed
for a moment then fell silent. He got up and wandered away. The rock
next to him threw out splinters of stone. He glared at it. Nothing more
happened. After a second or so, he turned his head again and moseyed
off, pecking at random objects.
Wander. Peck. Wander. Peck. Trip over a rock. Peck peck peck.
hour later, the thunder boomed again. This time, he didn't bother to
look up from his nut. Yet again there was a sound like nothing he ever
heard before, but this time it sounded pained. He wandered over to it.
was one of those weird two-legged pink things covered in what looked
like neither fur, skin, nor scales, with a long shiny stick lying on the
ground next to it. How odd. It had its head in its strange
wings-without-feathers. Ruffling his feathers, he tilted his head. The
two-legged pink thing seemed to notice him, for it suddenly snapped its
head up and stared at him. The dodo squawked in a friendly fashion.
Slowly, without moving anything but its hand, the
two-legged pink thing reached into a pouch, removed a small shiny stick,
and pulled a thorn on the bottom. There was a click but nothing else.
Seemingly in disgust, the two-legged pink thing threw the small shiny
stick against a nearby rock.
There was a boom from the small shiny stick. It startled the dodo to the point where he fainted.
woke up in a cave made of tiny plant stems and immediately began
squawking indignantly. Suddenly the top of the cave opened and a
two-legged pink thing's face was staring at him. It was the same
two-legged pink thing as before. It looked quite surprised to see him.
The dodo squawked hopefully. "Kwak?" Then, more insistently: "KWAK!" The
two-legged pink thing jumped back, dropping the cave made of tiny plant
stems, and the dodo spilled out.
Once again, it waddled over to
the two-legged pink thing and waggled its tail. Why had the thing jumped
back? He had just been asking to be let out. He didn't think it was the
two-legged pink thing's fault that he was in there, somehow he must
have ended up in there without the two-legged pink thing noticing.
to itself, the two-legged pink thing shoved the two sticks into the
ground, picked the dodo up gently, and started wandering off with him.
The dodo snuggled down, ruffling his tail feathers. "Kwak," he said
Far behind the two was a pistol, muzzle driven into the ground. Next to it, a rifle, also driven into the ground.