The Talking Pet

Prisnika Barooah, Class 4, Carmel High School, Jorhat, Assam

When I opened my eyes from my sleep, I saw my pet bird’s eyes red and teary. Suddenly, the bird began to weep. Tears rolled down through it’s cheeks. My pet’s name was Tiki. “what could be the reason” I thought. Then, in all of a sudden, it started speaking! “Oh please help me!” My mouth flew open with my eyes big astonishment . I went speechless.” Why are you gazing at me as if I’m an alien, huh?” it told. I began “I…..I don’t think that you are my pet Tiki. You must be a horrible creature’s spirit that entered into my Tiki’s body. See…… I’m not your food okay? And even if you’re really honest about it , then how can you speak ?!” I said, as I stood dazed. ” Oh God! Calm down! Let me explain to you everything..” Tiki said exasperatedly. ‘ Yesterday when you went out to play, I quietly flew out of the house and….” “Stop!” I cut off her “How did you manage to get out of the cage? I asked curiously.” 

Yesterday, you kept the cage open so, I took a chance and flew to my hometown jungle because a bird came and told me that the big lizards have caged all the birds and made the jungle their home. So, I went to see the condition of the birds , I felt really grief sticken to see my fellow birds caged and crying bitterly for freedom. I queitly flew out of the jungle without being seen. Then I thought , I need to make everyone free, I need help. “So… can you…” she hesitated ” Help my jungle to get freedom?” she asked me, expecting a ‘yes’ from me. After a moment of silence, I bursted out confidently” I can!” She felt very ecstatic to hear this. She told “You need to go to the Ghati Poorna for this, which is about 30 kilometres far.” I glanced down at her and said “Quite far. We will start our journey tomorrow. Aarnpurna will also come with me.”

Then, on the very next day we started our journey. We went deep into the the jungle and stopped to see the lizards. They were as big as wolfs! I think, they were Komodo dragon lizards. Their assortment of Dull grey colour body with red spots, big tail and sharp claws makes them look like a mighty beast and they truly are! There was a small barren land between the forest where the caged birds were hung on the tree branches.

June, 2024

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