[He’s baaaaaaaaack, again! Randy Long’s last story for the P.E.W. was published in October of 2015. If you’re new here, you might not know Randy. He’s a Pacific Northwest writer who has spent the better part of the last 6 decades exploring the upper left-hand corner of the U.S.A. He writers about strange things like camping, fishing, driving, Mt. St. Helens, out-of-body experiences, U.F.O.s, Bigfoot, and (his particular specialty) SQUIRRELS!
In this story, Randy refers to several of his previous tales:
“Billy the Squirrel”
“Dilly the Evil Squirrel”
“Blue and Squeekers”
“The Day of the Squirrel”
and even my “Dear Diary (1 Apr. 2014)” story, that I reprinted just a few days ago.
You don’t necessarily need to read every one of those stories to be able to follow this new one, but if you want to experience the total, FULL BARREL THRILLS that make up the Randy Long Universe, you’re sure going to WANT to read them!
Oh, and don’t forget, we DO have a Randy Long BOOK available, which collects all of his P.E.W. stories from the beginning of the site through 2014! And now—ONTO THE NEW STORY!!!!! —RFY]
“The Mighty Have Fallen” by Randy Long
The floating ghost seen in front of the house was actually Dilly. Dilly and Billy were fighting on the high wire, far above the road outside the main house. Dilly lunged for Billy and missed, falling to the road, hitting just before a semi, squishing Dilly on the road. Billy tried to reach for Dilly as he fell. Dilly pulled his paws back, laughed, and fell to his death. Billy, being the good squirrel, mourned the loss of his brother, the evil squirrel.
Billy’s an old squirrel now. Most all of the mutant squirrels are long gone now. Things have changed. Blue the Big Dog is gone, and Squeeker the Small Dog quit chasing squirrels. Now there’s a much mightier predator: an owl that stalks squirrels for food. The population of squirrels have been drastically cut to a minimum. Billy, the old and wise leader of what’s left of the clan, only 8 regular squirrels and 2 spider squirrels, Billy the Old Leader has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Billy has called upon the King of the Crows. The crows signal the squirrels by crowing whenever the owl is around. The whole flock starts crowing until the owl leaves the neighborhood. The Crow Clan hates the owl as much as the squirrels do. The owl’s name is KA. The crows have named him the Murderer, and the whole Clan of Crows call his name to warn everyone that the owl is near. When they see the predator, they all call, “KA! KA! Run! It’s the Murderer, hide! KA is here!”
The crows told Billy they will also call upon the nearby eagles. The eagles don’t like the owls. The crows think, maybe, they can get the eagles to attack the owl.
The squirrels used to have 52 in their clan, and are now down to 10 and in hiding. Between the crows and the squirrels, KA is having a much harder time. KA—they call him the Silent Killer. He makes his wings as quiet as possible, and he hypnotizes with his coal black eyes and pounces with his sharp talons, killing his prey. KA’s territory is two to three miles around. He hides in trees and takes over his victim’s nest.
KA seems to be missing. He hasn’t been seen for 2 weeks now, and Billy and the clan have come out of hiding. The crows haven’t seen KA either. For NOW, it seems all is safe.
[To be continued!?!?]