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The doorbell rings, and you get up from where you sat staring stonily into space. You already know who is at your door, and why he is there. You open it, nodding numbly to the man. You make a note in your head that the man looks… sneaky, but you assume that must be because he’s a lawyer. You show him into your living room, dreading what is to come. The man hands you a CD he produces from his briefcase, and sets what looks like a birdcage on your coffee table. You can not see what is inside the cage, as it is covered in a blanket of embroidered silk. The man sits as you put the disc into your stereo and press play.

You hear the sound of stressed breathing from the speakers as you take your seat. The lawyer hasn’t said a word, but you know the breathing to be that of your late friend, the last breathes of your friend. You can hear something in the background, behind your friend’s heavy breathes, as if someone, or something, was scratching at a door. You wonder if you’re hearing things, as the sound is barely audible in the recording. You look up as you hear her voice, as if she was in the room with you, as if she was alive.

“The date is September the first of two thousand eight.” Her voice is shaky, every word she speaks is saturated with fear, “This is my last will and testament. Now, I don’t have much time. They’re almost here, so I’ll dispense the formalities and get on with what I have to say. This is the last day of my life, as you have probably already figured out.”

“This began with the death of my uncle. I had never known him very well, only a few times at family reunions and Christmas parties, but he had left me something on his will. I sat awkwardly through the reading of the document until at last, my name was called. I collected a small box of knick-knacks and a covered cage. On the cage was a note saying ‘Please do not unveil the surprise until you are home.’ So I hurried home without taking the silk blanket off of the cage. What was inside the box is of no consequence, but underneath the blanket – I warn you do not take the blanket off until this recording has ended – is an old birdcage. Inside of this bird cage , is a parrot.”

“I was indeed surprised, but there were more shocks to come. When I lifted the blanket, the bird’s eyes were immediately fixed on me. Its beady eyes shone wickedly upon seeing a new face, and it said plainly in a squawky voice, ‘hello’. I stared back at it, and it repeated itself, ‘hello.’ I dismissed it as a cute trick my uncle had taught it. I was very wrong.”

“The next day, when I took the blanket off of the cage, I was not greeted with a ‘hello’. No, on the second day the bird didn’t talk at all. What it did do was breathe loudly, as if it was hyperventilating, or at least copying someone who was terrified. On the third day the bird did not speak, but made the sound of a grown man crying. I was very disturbed, and covered the cage for the remainder of the day.”

“The fourth day, in a voice not unlike my recently departed uncle’s, the bird cried ‘Oh god. Oh god!’ I thought the bird had learned it from listening to the television, and I resolved to never let it hear the television again. I didn’t turn o n the TV all that day, but on the fifth day, when I uncovered the cage, the bird screamed. Not a normal scream, mind you, and it was nothing I had ever had turned on the television. It was the sound of a man screaming in terror and pain. It was, I know now, the scream my uncle gave when he was killed. When the bird screams again it will be my scream as they tear me apart, for even now the bird is listening to me. It stares at me coldly where I’ve barricaded myself in the kitchen.”

“As you life depends on it, do not yet uncover the cage.”

“The sixth day, yesterday, when I hesitantly uncovered the cage, the bird was quiet. Perhaps ten minutes later it cocked its head to the side, as if it had heard something I could not. ‘They’re coming.’ it whispered, ‘They’re coming’. Over and over again he repeated in a haunting voice. ‘They’re coming’”

“Today is the seventh day, and they are here, just as the bird said. I can hear them scratching at the door and crawling in the walls. The bird is waiting to record how I die, I swear, if it coul d grin it would have been grinning from the moment I uncovered its cage. The noises are getting louder, they’ll get in soon, so I’m saying goodbye now. Take care of the bird; I couldn’t think of anyone else to give it to, I’m sorry. You must take care of him till they come for you. You have seven days.”

The track ended suddenly, and you look around you, startled. You must have been entranced by the disc, for the lawyer was gone. You hadn’t noticed him leave. You stare at the covered cage on the coffee table, and wonder if you had just heard on the CD was real, or just some elaborate hoax. A rustling comes from underneath the embroidered silk. Your curiosity begs you to see what’s in the cage. You slowly raise up the blanket.

“Hello.”

Credited to apoisonedlogic.

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  • Cracky

    Why did neither of them think to let the parrot fly away?

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    • bliss is but a bridge to insanity

      lets be quite honest
      would you?

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      • Nellie

        I would’ve said hello back. Maybe the fact that these people are so rude is why they die…

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        • Constipated Unicorn

          This is kinda creepy, but it makes no sense.

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        • CANDLEJACK

          1. Bird greets them
          2. Bird goes satanic and starts making scary noises
          3. Bad guys come

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        • Your Name

          They did say hello back, though.

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      • Ada Wong

        no…haha

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      • horrorfan

        you have a great name

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    • Aranta

      i would have called someone to try to kill it… if that didn’t work i would hide at a friends house so if i did die i would die with a friend. and i know i would be a jerk for doing that…

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  • Truan

    common sense? on my creepy pasta?

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  • Anon

    WHO WAS PARROT?

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  • Anon

    Yeah. Interesting pasta but the sheer lack of intelligence on behalf of the characters saddens me.

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    Rating: +28 (from 30 votes)
  • Anon

    And since I’m posting as Anon, I guess it can’t be helped.

    THEN WHO WAS LAWYER?

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  • Anonymous

    Like hell I’m keeping that bird! Little bastard is now dinner.

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    • inxtcy

      Exactly what I was thinking! Roast parrot? BBQ????

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      • little miss black cat

        Oooo I was thinking of bird stirfry mix that thing with veggies and rice roast him and gut him, TA-DAA a delicous parot stirfry with teryaki

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  • http://misterwelldone.wordpress.com Mr. Welldone

    Hello, Cracky.

    Curiosity.

    When viewing a situation, one can freely criticize and speak with the wisdom of an outsider. It is a simple matter to see the errors of another because they do not concern you, thus your mind remains cool and can easily see the folly of the observed.

    When directly involved, matters are no longer so clearly visible.

    Curiosity is a wonderful thing, allowing humanity to stretch its mind to the heavens and become something more than than the sum of its parts.

    It is also damning.

    That is wonderful as well.

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    • inxtcy

      Very true, except that for most of us it is automatic to respond to “Hello”.

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  • MooMoon

    ………green chicken ! ….either way i would have killed it >:3

    nice pasta

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  • FCF

    mm yes i was thinking why didnt she just kill it >< ugh.

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  • buh

    The bird is just there to record your death, you’d still die even if you did kill it.

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  • Sarah

    Does keeping it covered let you live?

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    • Jane the Killer

      I think so Don’t uncover it and give it away tell them it’s a parrot and not to uncover it until they get home but give it away for free because if you make them pay for it they’ll ask to see it

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  • rjaye

    that or killing it…what would happen if you killed the bird?

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    • Anonymous

      it wouldnt matter the bird records ur death

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  • Aye

    Well, I’ve a question.. why not get rid of the bird? And why the hell are people coming after you if you have a bird?

    Sounds like an irritating parrot to me.

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    • Anonymous

      they dont kill you because you have the parrot the parrot is just there to add to the fun of the murderers by recording your death screams

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  • lolol

    so wait…these “things” will come for you just because you have some weird bird? Sounds like the ignorant thought that just because you watched a horror movie, the events in the horror movie will occur in real life…i’m just saying.

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  • Ma Cherie

    Yeeaaah.

    If this ever happens to me, that little fucker is going back to the pet store >.>

    I really enjoyed this one, though.

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  • Ben

    Why did she need to leave it to anyone in the will? Part of the curse?

    If so… Why leave it to a friend?

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  • Skwirral

    @cracky, the parrot probably wouldn’t have left the cage had they tried, that’s how it works with mysterious death-predicting birds.

    i’m barricaded in the kitchen…may as well make a cd, right?

    WHO WAS SCRATCHING AND WALL-CRAWLING?!

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  • LMLYUT

    Cracky: Most parrots have the feathers of their wings clipped to keep them from being able to fly away. Also, this is a parrot of evil. It would probably just have perched itself someplace out of reach and waited. Evil, much like Chuck Norris, does not sleep; it waits.

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  • Asshat

    I would have fucked that bird up before it had the opportunity to say “Hello”, or anything else for that matter. Fuck that bird.

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  • Comment Leaver

    <3 this story.

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  • Anon

    Thought it was great. But I agree that they should have just opened the cage and let it fly out.

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  • LampshadeChapstickFace

    Pffft, some friend she is. Why don’t they just kill the damn thing?

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  • Bruce Lee

    If the parrot did that to me I would’ve jumped on its shoulders with both of my feet and then swiftly twisting my feet, instantly snapping that fucking birds neck

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  • Toad

    Why did this idiot uncover the cage, even after hearing this recording? Why didn’t he just drive into the middle of nowhere and leave the cage behind?

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    • http://google Laura

      Simple, in creepy/horror stories and movies logic does not exist, kinda like You tube

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  • jaimie

    that’s what i was thinking , why not kill the bird.

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