The Pigeon Man – FFfAW 4-22-2015

Mica Nicholson loved pigeons. He had a morning ritual of walking to the park on the corner and feed the pigeons. The pigeons had become tame for Mica and would actually eat right out of his hand.

Every morning the pigeons could count on Mica showing up with food. Any observer could see the pigeons liked Mica for more than just as a source of food, as they would perch on the bench and hang out with him until he left for home.

Mica was emergency rushed to a hospital in London, and was unable to feed his pigeons. After one week of hospitalization, Mica was released to come home on the train.

When he arrived home and stepped off the train, he was amazed to see that Lucy was there waiting for him. Mica could feel his heart swell with joy, as Lucy perched on his outstretched arm. (150 words)

Thank you Vanessa Rodriguez for our prompt photo this week.

This is my submission for the challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, for the week of April 22, 2015. We are given a prompt photo and 100-150 (+- 25 words) with which to write our stories.

This challenge is open to all who would like to participate. All you need to have is a desire to have fun and to write flash fiction stories. If you are interested in learning more, please click on the link:




49 thoughts on “The Pigeon Man – FFfAW 4-22-2015

    • Thank you Scrapydo2! She missed Mica, as well as did the others. but since there was only one bird in the photo I could only have one bird be there to greet him back home. πŸ™‚

  1. A very heartwarming story, PJ. It was sad that Mica was tken ill so suddenly but really nice for him to be welcomed home by the lovely pigeon, Lucy. Many people do hate pigeons, mostly because of the great nimbers of them in prominent places, or coming into gardens and eating food that people put out for other birds. I just see them as another bird – but then, we don’t have many of them around our village. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Millie. I knew some people would not see my view in this story because of their distain for pigeons. But that is the bird that I saw in the photo prompt. We have a few here but not nearly as many as other places. Pigeons are by far not my favorite birds, but I don’t hate them either. I heard recently (don’t know if its true) that baby pigeons stay in the nest until they are fully grown. Maybe that is why their number is so great because they have a low rate of dying while young.

      • I’ve just consulted The Oracle (aka my knowledgeable husband) about baby pigeons and he says that is true. Young pigeons are called squabs, and in olden days people would pick them off the nests to use for pigeon pie. The breast meat of such young ones would be very moist and tender. I’ll take his word for it, because he’s usually right!
        You may be right about that being one of the reasons for their high numbers, too.

  2. This is a very sweet story, Joy. Many times I have read stories about dogs waiting for their master, or friend in unusual circumstances, but never a pigeon. Why Not a pigeon? It certainly worked well in this story! I also enjoyed reading the facts about the baby pigeons.

    • Thank you for reading Jessie and commenting. I also thought that information about baby pigeons was interesting. That makes me think they have a very high rate of survival because of it. Thank you again for the kind feedback.

  3. This is a wonderful story, PJ πŸ™‚ I love the fact that Mica was greeted by Lucy on his return. We keep company in so many different ways. Nicely done!


  4. Such a sweet story PJ. So cute that Lucy was there waiting for Mica at the station. Great title too. Just a suggestion – feeding the pigeons instead of ‘feed’.

  5. what a lovely story PJ.. as horrible as pigeons are (the rats of the skies!) they do often provide a desperate form of companionship to lonely people- you see it all the time in big cities..

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