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You Wake Up One Morning as the Family Pet. Describe Your Day.

By krachel Nov 21, 2008 608 Words
You wake up one morning as the family pet. Describe your day.

I can still vividly remember that day. It was about six o’clock in the morning. I woke up from a very agitating sleep. I was shivering with cold. I heard the wind roaring and the rain pouring on the corrugated iron sheets.

“I’m chilled to the bone” I thought. I tried to find the bed sheets but it was only then that I realised I could not move my hands. I opened my eyes and to my horror I realised that I was not in my room but in a small cage. How terrified I was! I tried to cry for help but my voice was struck in my throat. I could feel my heart pounding so loudly! What was happening to me? I asked. I was no longer a human being. I was a strange kind of creature. An animal? A bird? A parrot. I was turned into my grandfather’s favourite pet animal: Pico.

Suddenly, I saw a strongly built man, with grey hair coming in my direction. It was my grandfather. I started tweeting noisily. I was so hungry that I longed for a piece of bread but what I got were peanuts and seeds. I tried to reach out to him and to tell him my true identity but in vain. All I could do was making some mimics and say a few imitated syllables like “hi” but I had no proper language. My grandfather petted me for some minutes and then set off for work.

Suddenly, I started feeling extremely lonely. “What a dull lonely life animals had!” I thought. I was tired of that loneliness and craved for some fresh air. I started preening and grooming, one of Pico’s greatest hobby. My instinct was constantly telling me to pick or even chew my bright red feathers. I was trying to think of a way to get out of that situation when I realised that birds did not have intelligence like human beings. I started perching on the branch in my cage, waiting for someone to come and help me. But in a way I felt free… nothing tied down. An hour passed… another hour and it started turning dark. Soon, my little brother came back from school. I let out a gasp of relief and tried to call for him.

I, Pico was an expert in entertaining children. I started mimicking my rather mischievous brother. He came to feed me with fresh fruits and vegetables. All of a sudden I flew at him in a rage, nipping at his ears, drawing blood out. I could not understand what was happening to me. Pico was one of the warmest, funniest and kindest animal I know. And usually he is very kind to my brother, who considered him as a member of the family and a valued companion. Then, I remembered that my grandfather only allowed my brother to interact with him under certain circumstances. A parrot can sometimes be a dangerous animal. Soon, my grandfather returned home. Some hours later, the lights were turned off and everyone went to sleep.

Next morning, when I woke up I was myself again, a sixteen-year-old girl. I had a hard time understanding what happened to me but of all I saw and learnt that day, one thing stood out. Many people often work out in their minds what the life of a pet is like. Many think they know how they feel and think. I see now that what people think is almost wholly false. No. of words: 598

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