Picking up the football which Micheal had kicked across the road, I looked up and saw a huge black bird in an nearby tree. I wasn’t sure what the bird was so I thought about the arrow diagram poster at school. Black and yellow and smallish; blackbird. All black with a grey beak; rook. Sooty black and cries loudly; crow.
‘It’s a raven that is,’ Michael said over my shoulder.
I jumped because I didn’t know he was there. I turned and pulled a face at him.
‘How do you know?’ I pouted.
‘Because I’ve seen them at the Tower of London,’ he replied.
I stuck my tongue out at him. He didn’t seem to notice and carried on talking.
‘They say if all the ravens leave the tower then England falls.’
‘What does this mean?’ I asked.
‘Don’t know,’ Michael shrugged.
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