The semester is over? said Frank.
Yes, said Blurtso.
What should we do now? said Morton.
Hmm, thought Blurtso, a dead bird. You don’t see many dead birds. I wonder why not? With so many birds in the trees you’d expect the ground to be covered with them, like leaves in autumn.
Sure, said Chelsea, I’d love to see your den.
No, said Morton, I haven’t seen any worms.
Yes, said Glouster, very fine form.
We had over three thousand applications to our university, said Harlan. Three thousand! said Blurtso, what will be the criteria for getting in? I think we should choose the first six, said Harlan. “First come, first serve,” said Blurtso, is an excellent criterion.
Crows are messengers of the dead? said Ditto. Yes, said Virginia, that’s what my uncle said. Dead humans or dead donkeys? said Ditto. Dead humans, said Virginia. Hmm, said Ditto, I wonder which animals are messengers of dead crows?
Is that your iPhone ringing? said Ditto.
No, said Virginia, I don’t have an iPhone.
What do you think crows talk about? said Virginia. I don’t know, said Ditto, probably what everyone else does.
Really? said Frank, a worm-finding app on your iPhone?
Nevermore? Isn’t that a bit pessimistic?