The Peckuliars

October 19, 2021
M-J Kelley's drawing of The Peckuliars. A group of seven black birds each in charge of a Knockwood Forest quadrant.

InkTober 2021. Day 19.

The Knockwood Forest is an island that is accessible by either the footbridge or canoe.

Because of the forest’s size and diversity, a group of seven blackbirds, all related, decided that it needed to be “overseen.” So they divided the island into quadrants. They are named; The Clifts, North Wind, Pebble Beach, The Shallows, Rocky Shore, Southern Dale, and Grotto. These seven birds are called the Peckuliars, and each one is in charge of a quadrant.

The island is shaped like a squashed oval, and in the middle is a large old tree ring. The ring is divided into seven “pies,” and at the outer edge sits a Peckuliar. This is called the “Decision Circle.”

Using squalkie-talkies, the Peckuliars learn of issues in their quadrants and discuss amongst themselves, prioritizing where to send help.

For instance, in The Shallows, there was a sighting of a dangerous rogue wave. Fortunately, Horseshoe took care of the issue.

But today, there is word of two disturbances. In Grotto, a dinosaur egg is missing. And in the North Wind, Gretchen Wretched is on the move.

These are two very big problems but what the Peckuliars don’t know is that it is really just one super huge problem. Their decision is to first find the egg.

This story will continue…

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