A Boy, A Girl, and A Black Crow [ficlet]

Once upon a time there lived a boy and a girl who were poorer than even church mice, so poor that their only roof was the sky over their head and their only sustenance whatever they could forage. They spent their days begging passerby to spare them at least a coin or two, and their dirty little faces were so heartbreaking that rare was the person who did not feel pity for them. So the boy and girl were often lucky to receive many gold coins by the end of their day, more than enough to pay for their supper.

One crisp fall day, the boy and girl were sitting under an apple tree waiting for someone to walk past when all of a sudden they heard a voice.

“Psst! Hey, boy! Hey, girl!”

The boy and girl looked around them, bewildered and wondering where the voice could be coming from. There was no one else around for miles. Presently, they heard the voice again. It said, “Look up, look up!”

They looked up and saw a giant black crow perched on one of the tree’s branches.

“Will you do me a favor?” he asked.

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