I love to lay awake facing the window with the soft half light filtering in. To listen intently to the dawn chorus. Faintly as first always hardly there, like whispers.
The chirping noise gets louder, and closer. It fills me with strength and hope for the coming day.
It's not enough that some psycho killer has us trapped, dehydrated and beaten, in his basement; nor is it enough that I therefore have had that Talking Heads song, the chorus beginning to sound a bit beaten and dehydrated for being repeated so much, stuck in my brain; but(more) a chirping, of irregular rhythm and volume, has been echoing out from somewhere, and the dishwater-blond in the shackles two down from me muttering, "What the hell is that chirping noise, guys? Guys, maybe that chirping noise means there's a window to outside somewhere nearby? Someone needs to shut that chirping noise up!"
Finally, I start talking: "Yeah, chirping noises really annoy me, too. I much prefer chirping sights and chirping smells. Chirping touch. Chirping tastes, yum-yum." I try to smack my lips, but my whole mouth and throat is so dry that that hurts, I've worn myself out just by speaking three sentences.
Fortunately, the guy next to me is able to bring us home, with the sixth sense: "I see dead chirping."
"What the hell?" Dishwater-Blond growls.
The idea of chirping tastes has replaced the Talking Heads. I think a chirping taste might be biting into just-ripe pear--there's a soft crack (skin) and a squish (flesh), but there's also a chirping taste, the fruit balanced right there at perfection, and your teeth get to meet that perfection.
Or maybe a chirping taste is simply what one tastes while eating finch or grasshopper or katydid.
The sound of the room's door locks clanging open cover the chirping noises, but not Dishwater-Blond's screams. I wonder what I'll taste like, because something tells me the creep who took us is just that horrific.
"Chirp." I croak. I search for any lingering saliva. "Chirp!" I manage, brash, louder than the screams. Perfection balanced.(less)