"Tickbird and Zebra"
5 x 7 inches
India ink on Bristol board.
Once upon a time, before the sun was old and yellow with age, Tickbird made her hut in a thick bed of grass. It was so well hidden that no one could see it. But one day Zebra wandered over and accidentally ate the hut, grass roof and all.
“You fool!” Tickbird screeched. “That was my home!”
“I didn’t mean to, “ said Zebra. “I was hungry.”
“Well so am I, but you don’t see me eating your house.”
“I am sorry. Here, look: I have lots of ticks and flies crawling around on me. You are more than welcome to them.”
“The nerve! “ said Tickbird, but she hopped over to Zebra anyway. She stuffed her beak with insects as she continued to fuss. “Honestly. You would think you were doing me favor. I ask you…..”
She is still arguing and eating off Zebra’s back until this very day.