Re-Gifting (A very short story)

This is a 100-word story written for a contest. Guidelines required the topic to be birdwatching and the required word was “swear.”

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An anthology of songs erupts above her. She centers the mockingbird in her scope as he releases his litany of music: beautiful, beckoning, mournful, majestic.

He is earnest in his meaningful replications, and she understands why he echoes the beauty of individual anthems. Her heart affirms that she in her skin and he in his feathers are an unpredictable compilation of gifts.

She begins recording her encounter, but a familiar voice halts her.

“I swear and do declare. I knew I’d find you here!”

The mockingbird and the girl turn to look at her mother, the greatest gift-giver ever.

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