When You Know It's Gonna Be A Very Bad Day: A Creepy Short Story

The remote and soft pillows beckon me back to bed.
The remote and soft pillows beckon me back to bed.
When it's gonna be a very bad day, It started with just 1 bird, then another joined and another...
When it's gonna be a very bad day, It started with just 1 bird, then another joined and another... | Source

It's Gonna Be a Very Bad Day

I reluctantly roll over and peeped through the curtains to get a somewhat sleep shrouded, bleary-eyed, view out of my window. Finally, I see it! The source of the Irritating, annoying, sleep depriving, and did I mention loud, noise that had so abruptly jarred me from my cozy dream world.

Not good! It achingly feels like it's gonna be a very bad day. But, like I do with the covers, I shove the feeling aside and simply blame it on what I think is the temporary view outside.

Crows! Huge, black, solemn looking creatures. There are about twenty-five of them scattered throughout my yard, my neighbor's yard and his neighbor's yard. Moving slowly, shifting on three-towed feet. Periodically, they bump into another and one of them calls his annoyance to the other.

"Caw! Caw!" So loud, so classically crow, so irritating.

They strutt around importantly, like the only undertaker in town. No hesitation here, as if they each have ownership of all the yards on the block or know that everybody is eventually theirs; jostling each other for position, dipping their heads periodically to peck at what I could only assume was some hidden morsel on the the ground.

My feeble attempts to scatter them, as I hung out of my screenless second floor bedroom window, are less than futile. They never hear me. Or if they hear me, they never acknowledge me, and if crows blink, I'm sure they don't even do that.

"Humph! Where is somebody's cat when you need them?" I mumble as I pulled back from the window. I impatiently push hair from my face. The red ribbon once tying it back, long lost in the dreamworld.

All the flapping and yelling I was doing didn't matter. Besides, I didn't want to fall out of the window with my useless antics. After all, crows pick over bodies of anything dead or that give the appearance of being dead, didn't they? Or was that buzzards? Either way, I am not interested in being their meal ticket, dead or otherwise.

So, I give up. I pull back, turn to grab the remote, clicking on the morning news. There was no going back to sleep now. So much for a nice leisurely Saturday morning, spent in bed or at least very close to the bed. Translation: I planned to be in pajamas all day, favorite movies on the tv, good book handy. I desperately crave a wind down from a hectic week of demands from my boss, demands from my boyfriend and calls from my younger brother. Everybody wants something done in a hurry.

My thirty-two years of living tells me sometimes it's good to step back from it all, at least for a little while. Or maybe it was my therapist that actually told me that. Who can know? What I do know is that I've been in therapy long enough to send my therapist to Europe a few times over.

The set blinked into life and the announcer is staring impassively out at no one in particular.

"....and due to the early morning wreck on the interstate, traffic is still snarled." he droned. "There is still no official cause of the wreck, but police on the scene stated one motorist reported he witnessed the messy six car pileup. He described seeing 'a legion of big black birds that flew out of nowhere' and into to the path of morning traffic. The report is unconfirmed, but had this been a weekday morning, one can only imagine what the freeway would look like now," the announcer drolly concluded.


Beautiful blue sky belies the shrieks and screams of panic outside my window.
Beautiful blue sky belies the shrieks and screams of panic outside my window. | Source
This does't look good!
This does't look good! | Source

I laughingly inform the oblivious announcer that if the police were looking for the culprits, they had made their way to my neighborhood, just in time to ruin my beauty sleep.

I drop the remote onto my unmade bed. The crisp blue sheets still look inviting and I am tempted to crawl back in, but regrettably, it is too late. The sleep haze has already cleared my brain and my eyes. I am sharp now; crisp, like my sheets, ready for the spring day.

My brief hang out the window registered that the day was perfect. The air was just the right temperature and the slight breeze carried the faint fragrances of spring flowers, the prelude to summer.

The sky was as blue as it gets. It was the kind of cliche' perfect day that made you think you could live forever, could conquer all your enemies and could cure everyone of what ailed them.

But now I register something else that I have no words for it, yet; I am just barely conscious of it being there, whatever "it" is.

"Oddly enough," it was the bland news announcer again, " there have been reports of large flocks of birds in various suburbs. These birds just appear and seem oblivious to any human activities."

"Hmmm. So I'm not the only one who couldn't get any sleep this morning," I grumble.

I turn to the window for another look. There are more crows now.

This time I back out of the window, slowly, closing the curtains as I do. The curtains, gauzy as they are, barely block the sun. They are practically as useless as they are white. And they are very white, hanging limp with only a gentle stirring confirming there is a minute breeze in the early morning air.

I plop back on the bed, hard, with a slight buzzing building in my head. The scene outside is now unnatural, very unnatural. So many birds everywhere, not just twenty-five anymore. It is a field of black everywhere. Undulating slowly, cawing, squawking, flapping blackness covering nearly every inch of space, in every direction. Cars parked in driveways: covered. Walkways right up to the doors: covered. Flower beds: covered.

And I cover my ears and sit on the bed, now, cross-legged like some guru prepareng to meditate. Only I am not meditating. I am thinking hard and fast, gnawing my bottom lip as I always do when trying to unlock a puzzle.

The the pieces drop into place. I know what the scene reminds me of. It is straight out the scene from a Hitchcock's movie I saw as a teen, when watching old movies with my mother was a habit we both liked. Not being a fan of old movies any longer, I hadn't watched The Birds since, but the cable channels still popped it out in reruns on a regular basis.

"Oh, my God," I mumbled each isolated word, clearly and succinctly, as if it mattered. "This can't be happening."

Somewhere outside a car door slams, a motor starts. The cawing and squawking grow louder. More doors slamming; some car doors, some doors to houses. I can hear everything.

Now there is screaming, human screams and shrieks of surprise, I think - maybe horror, I hope not pain - mingling with the birds' delighted cries.

"Oh, my God," I repeat again, stupidly, all the while panic rising in me like a thermometer on a hot day in the desert.

"This feels like the beginning of a very bad day, after all."

I moan just as the morning announcer breaks his calm and excitedly proclaims, "And this just in! Dozens of people have been reported injured, some seriously, as large flocks of what seem to be crows have begun attacking everyone who happens to be on the street. Many of the injured appear to be homeless people and tourists who aren't sure where to go. Those who escaped injuries are taking refuge in office buildings...."

"Yep," I mumble to myself, pulling the sheets over my head to block the sun and to block the chillingly ominous sounds from outside, "it's gonna be very bad day!"


All rights reserved. Cynthia Turner, May 2012.



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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I loved that movie and it scared the bejeebers out of me when I was a kid. I still think of it when I see a flock of crows. Great hub!


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cruelkindness 4 years ago from an angle view.

Great hub!

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

I too remember that movie, watched it several times. You did a wonderful job writing this Cyndi! Well done and Voted Up!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I know the feeling. I'm not crazy about large groups of birds because of Hitchcock's mastery. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi there, I'm glad you were entertained! Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi there, Curlad, Thank you so much for taking a read and leaving a comment. What if we did wake up one morning to a neighborhood full of birds? The image of those eyeless sockets kind of stick with you. Enjoy your weekend!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

i enjoyed your hub this afternoon kinda brought back a memory or two great share voted up


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

You really have a great story here and yes it remind me of the 'The Birds. My eldest sister lived in New York at the time of this movie and said no one would take a shower if they where alone.

Voted up and interesting, Joyce


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

So glad you had an opportunity to read them, Frank. I always appreciate it when you leave me a comment!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

So glad you like it. Hitchcock could crank out some scary stuff when he wanted to. I had fun writing this. Thanks so much for the vote up!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

I enjoyed this story also. I remember watching it when I was a child. All of those stories were scary, but not gory, like they are today.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Michele, I'm so glad you liked the story. I liked movies that could scare you without the gore. Psychological thrillers can stick with you a long time. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Your storytelling is very engaging. Detailed descriptions, good narration and the craft, all are perfect.


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

You gave Alfred a run for his money with this well written hub! I really laughed when you were hanging out the window!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Vinaya, Thank you so much for your generous words. I really appreciate that and I glad you enjoyed the story!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Krsharp05, I am so Psych(ed) by your comment! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and letting me know that you liked the story.


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sofs 4 years ago

Wonderful story telling.. engaging as they come. Enjoyed it! Have a great day!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Sofs, Thank you! Thank you!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Cyndi

You are a great story teller.

Voted up up and away.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Sue, Thanks for the vote up! I'm so glad you liked the story.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Engrossing Hub! Sometimes these crows can really give you creepy feelings!

Nice Write


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Rahul, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Yep, they can creep you out sometimes. They can be loud, too. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

This was awesome and totally absorbing. I think you've captured quite a bit of the essence of Hitchcock's creepy movie!!

I agree with the noise the crows make at times - although I have to admit they are one of my favourite birds, maybe because they are one of the most intelligent - what's interesting is that they also remember who has been nasty to them apparently! Now that is creepy!

I loved this hub + voted up!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Seeker7, I'm so glad you enjoyed this, especially since you like crows. I have read that they are one of the most intelligent birds. But they are scary when they gather in large numbers. I always wonder what they might be collectively thinking. Thanks so much for the vote up. I appreciate it.


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Rsharde 4 years ago from Santa Monica

You wear a red ribbon to bed? LOL!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

LOL! Nope, but I think that would be a good color to wear if I did! Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment!


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

great story, voted up


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a comment. They keep me writing.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great imagination and writing! Loved your Magnolia too. I saw some trees reblooming as I have before but seems it is the Magnolia Betty always.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Jackie, Thank you for the compliment. Yep, I only see one variety of Magnolia. I thought there was only one kind because that's all I see. I'm so happy you left a comment.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

I was interested enough by the title to want to come and read this story. I know you should never judge a book by it's cover but I often do and it works for me. An egaging little story just as i was hooked and looking for the next page turner it ended.Oh well it was nice while it lasted btw i hate birds close around me.voted up


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Brian, Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I'm glad you found the story engaging at least while it lasted. Since I wrote my story, the crow population around me seems to have increased. Maybe it's my imagination, but...


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i'm not familiar with the movie...is it portrayed by Will Smith?

great hub...


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi raciniwa, The movie is really old, maybe circa 1961 or somewhere in there. Alfred Hitchcock directed it. He has been known as the master of suspense. Perhaps you've seen or heard of the movie Psycho? Anyway, if you ever have a couple of hours free (haha) take a look at The Birds. Let me know what you think if you get the chance to watch it. Thanks so much for reading the hub. Glad you liked it and glad to hear from you.


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OTEE 4 years ago from India

:D Told so engagingly - I loved it. But hey, you left us adrift right when things were hotting up...,

PS: Lucky for you and human-kind that you went back to bed when you did. Our entire plan was to start the attack beginning form your house. Caw. caw.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

See, I knew there were infiltrators hidden amongst us. Looks like their plan was working up until yesterday. They all seem to have withdrawn. Thanks for reading, OTEE. You're great fun.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great hub!!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Audrey, I always appreciate you taking a look. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Very well written Cyndi- I like your style- it is engaging, immensely readable and flows very nicely. The descriptions are natural and uncontrived. You do have a talent for this- we want more!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Docmo, Thank you so much for your generous compliments. It's like music to my ears.I really appreciate that. I apologize for the delay in thanking you.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

I love your style of writing. It is very visual. I was intrigued the entire time. I hope the next day was better because that Saturday truly was the beginning of a very bad day.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Marlene, Can a writer hear anything better than "I love your style of writing"? Thank you so much for those very generous and kind words. Music to my ears!. You have a great day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great story! I remember that movie, scared me too. We have what I think is called "grackles" here. They are smaller than crows but still black. They will congregate in large flocks in our yard. The entire yard will be covered in them. Something will scare them and they will fill the sky with their black flapping wings. I think about that movie every time. Voted this up and interesting! Have a great day!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm so glad you took a look at the story and enjoyed it. The crows have scattered around here. I guess it's a spring thing in my area. Thanks so much for the votes. Take care and have a creative day!


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Very good story. Thank you for sharing. Voted up !!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad you liked the story and took the time to leave a comment. I appreciate that. Take care.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nice work, Cyndi... and nice descriptions of crows too. Menacing creatures with horrific cawings. Nice read! You should consider submitting it to a soft horror magazine.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you many times over for such a great compliment. I'll let you know if I make a submission. Take care.

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