Pearl Cutts in “Covert Millet”

When you are pint-sized super spy .007, one thing you must never do is blow your cover.

Ever.

Let’s say your cover identity is as world-renowned actor Pearl Cutts, and one evening you get to craving the crunch of a tasty millet sprig – and you don’t feel like sharing.

You sneak out to have a nip, but you must use all your stealth to evade the fans, the paparazzi, and (most of all) your large featherless super spy assistant, who goes by code name “Mom.”

What happens next is the subject of Love & Feathers’ latest one-avian play – starring none other than Pearl Cutts:

“Covert Millet”

(There are no curtains. The stage lighting slowly comes up to reveal the shadowy outline of a fresh sprig of crunchy millet. The star sneaks up on it with “maximum stealth.”)

All is silent. The star peers into the surrounding shadows as he stands near his millet prey.

All is silent. The star peers into the surrounding shadows as he stands near his millet prey.

A distant feminine voice can be heard calling "Pearl! Where are you, Pearl?" The star creeps closer to the millet sprig.

A distant feminine voice can be heard calling “Pearl! Where are you, Pearl?” The star silently creeps closer to the millet sprig.

He opens his sharp beak for a big tasty crunch - and freezes as the voice gets closer.

He opens his sharp beak for a big tasty crunch – and freezes as the voice gets closer.

Risking everything, the star crunches down heartily, and for several seconds this is the only sound.

Risking everything, the star crunches down heartily, and for several seconds this crunch-crunch-crunch is all that can be heard.

The voice resurfaces. "Pearl, where arrrrrre you? It's Mommy...!"

The voice resurfaces again and has moved closer still. “Pearl, where arrrrrre you? It’s Mommy! Where’s my pretty bird? Where is mommy’s favvvvvorittte?”

With one final longing look at the millet, the star carefully backs away and beats a quick retreat.

With one last longing look at the millet, the star delicately backs away and then turns and beats a quick retreat into the shadows.

(At the precise moment when the star’s small grey form disappears completely into the shadows, another much larger shadow looms on the scene. The audience can only assume this is “Mom,” come in search of her errant VIP client.)

The End.

GreenHeartShannon & Pearl

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