Nancy m. long
It's official, "Sparrow Box" is out in the world. I say this every time about all of my stories, but this is now my favorite finished short.
Check it out on Amazon. It costs less than a cup of coffee to follow Ollie through the most important moment of his life.
As a little background, sparrows have always had a special place in my heart. When I was in elementary school, my best friend caught a sparrow in a shoe box that had fallen down her families chimney. She kept it in her room. But not long after she caught it her grandmother, who lived with her family, started having severe back problems. I forget who asked who what, but it came out that the grandmother told her that sparrows were magical in some way. That to keep one captive would bring bad luck into the home and the people in it. Needless to say she released it immediately and her grandmother recovered from her intense bout of pain.
The sparrow in the shoe box has always stayed with me. Being the young, impressionable elementary school kid I was inclined to believe her grandmother, the evidence was clear. It's as I've gotten older that my perspectives have changed.
Sometime's it's just more fun to believe and that's what "Sparrow Box" is all about.