Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis
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  • I decided to take Doodle to Old Woman Swamp. 
  • "For heaven's sake, what's the matter?"
  • "It's so pretty." "So pretty, pretty, pretty"
  • At times, I was mean to Doodle. I took him to the barn loft, and showed him his coffin. We didn't leave until he touched it. He cried the way back.
  • "Don't leave me. Don't leave me."
  • When Doodle was five years old, I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him. After many, many days, it paid off. He could walk.
  • "I'm going to teach you to walk, Doodle."
  • "So I won't have to haul you around all the time."
  • "Why?"
  • "I can't walk, Brother."
  • A strange sound brought us outside after a storm. There was a bird in the tree. After it fell to the ground and died from exhaustion, dad found it to be a Scarlet Ibis.
  • "What is it?"
  • The faster I walked, the faster he walked, so I began to run. The rain was coming, roaring through the pines, and then, like a bursting Roman candle, a gum tree ahead of us was shattered by a bolt of lightning. When the deafening peal of thunder had died, and in the moment before the rain arrived, I heard Doodle, who had fallen behind, cry out, "Brother, Brother, don't leave me! Don't leave me!"
  • After a few minutes, my mean streak dissipated. I waited for Doodle, but when he didn't appear from the blowing mist. I went back. He was huddled with his head laying on his knees. I shook him, only for his head to fall back. Blood stained his shirt and trickled from mouth. Doodle was gone. 
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