Chapter 17 'Free Bird'

Writing chapters very quickly, haven't I? I bet for the folks in America, you might wake up and find that I've added a couple chapters overnight. I'm really motivated to write now. So lets get on with it!

As per usual lately, this begins right after chapter 16.

Enjoy or suffer.


I had no idea who Luiz was, but I assume he's some bird. Anyways, we decided to begin our journey…To a cliff.

''So, how far away is this Luiz?'', I asked.

''Not too far away, at least by flying there.'', Rafael answered.

''Well, I hurt my wing. I can still fly, but it hurts.'', I told him.

''Okay. I suppose you could hitch a ride on those hang-gliders.'', Rafael suggested.

''Okay.'', I answered. We saw someone take off.

''Quick, lets go!'', I quickly said as we took off. We flew and landed on it. It was quite fun actually. I had always wanted to do this when I was Alice.

''Wow…Rio looks so beautiful from up here.'', I said as I gazed in awe at the sprawling metropolis.

''Yeah, it does. Its amazing how much the humans build.'', he agreed and commented.

''This isn't even the largest city in Brazil. São Paulo is larger. The sheer scale of some of their cities is awe-some.'', I said.

We continued looking down at the city for half an hour until we came close to landing. Rafael tagged along, and spotted a tram line.

''Down there!'', he said, ''Lets go!'',

We flew off and glided down to the tram. Where we sat down next to each other at the front. I wanted to confess my feelings for Pierre, but decided not to…yet.

We sat on it for 20 minutes, until we got off at a marketplace. We followed Rafael until we came across a tent.

''Is this where Luiz lives?'', we asked Rafael.

''No, but I thought I might take you two to the club.'', he said with a smile.

''Hey Raffi!'', a voice cried out. It belonged to a Canary and a Red Crested Cardinal.

''Hey Nico and Pedro!'', he greeted them. Nico looked at me and smirked.

''Well looks like you found yourself a hot wing!'', Nico said to Pierre, and Pedro did his signature 'love hawk' squawk. Pierre blushed a little, but I blushed a lot. Why the fuck am I getting hit on by a canary and a cardinal?

Nico walked up to Pierre and whispered something into his ear. Probably love advice.

''Well come on in.'', Nico said. We entered the club, and saw plenty of birds dancing, drinking, staring at the women, and partying. It was quite loud in here, and there were many lights. It looked pretty cool.

''Hey hey hey! I'd like to introduce you all to two very special guests!'', Nico announced.

The spotlight focused on us. We both blushed, and smiled nervously.

''Now we're gonna welcome them by playing a very special song!'', he continued. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. Don't play Hungry Like The Wolf. The thought surged through my mind and repeated verbatim.

''Here we have Bernard with the vocals, Jeremy and Marco with the guitars, and Lloyd with the drums. Covering 'Free Bird'! Take it away!'', Nico announced. Oh yes! (Would highly recommend listening to the extended version while listening to this)

(Ugh, its so cringy! FREE BIRD IS A SONG ABOUT LEAVING LOVE AND BEING FREE. THIS SONG MATCHES MORE WITH JEWEL THAN IT DOES WITH THIS SCENE. I WAS JUST FREE BIRD CRAZED. COMFORTABLY NUMB HAS THE BETTER SOLO, LISTEN TO THE PULSE/STUDIO MIX.)


Suddenly the slow strum of a guitar started. I knew this song, and I was really happy.

''Oh, I love this song!'', I said to Pierre.

''Oh, this song must be some slow, romantic song.'', he said.

''Well, half of it is…'', I said to him. The slow slide guitar portion continued, backed up by drums. The slide portion went away, but it was still slow. I knew what was coming. About a minute into the song, Bernard started singing:

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The song picked up pace, but still was a bit slow.

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The song heads into a slow guitar solo. Me and Pierre continue to dance together,

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The song was building up a bit, with some drawn out notes from a guitar,

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I knew what was coming, and I was smiling.

Lord help me, I can't cha-a-a-a-a-a-ange!

The pace picked up more, and I was pumped,

Lord I can't change,

Won't you fly high free bird, yeah?

The song entered a kick ass solo. Pierre was in awe.

''The first half is slow and romantic, this part is fast and awesome…Just how I like it.'', I said as a shredder section played. We started dancing faster, and it was really fun.

Bernard seemed to be rocking his head, and dancing a bit. Me and Pierre continued,

''Wow this solo is awesome.'', Pierre commented,

''We're about a half the way.'', I told him.

''Wait...What?'', Pierre said.

''Yep, the solo's about 5 minutes long.'', I told him.

The song built towards its climax, with a drum roll, and fast guitar portion as the cymbals were hit repeatedly. Next the second brief shredder portion commenced. It continued, and soon the two guitarists played two different tunes, which interacted with each other perfectly.

''Wow!'', Pierre said as what he thought was the end. It was the first of drawn out guitar note things. He held me in his wings as the final one built up. I stared into his dreamy eyes, and he did into mine. Our beaks drew closer, and connected. The song ended with the true climax. My first kiss…It was amazing. We withdrew, as we gazed into each other's eyes. Only one word formed…

''Wow.'', we both said. We stood back up, and applauded the band for their cover of Free Bird, by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

''Bravo!'', the crowd cheered. We headed out with Rafael, and Nico and Pedro tagging along. We flew to the tram, and sat on it.

''What did you think of the song?'', Rafael asked us.

''It was awesome.'', I answered.

Me and Pierre sat next to each other, and I shuffled closer and placed my wing on his, which was placed on the side, which supported him.

''Pierre.'', I said.

''Yeah?,'', he answered.

''I…I love you…'', I said softly. He gazed at me, and held my wing.

''I love you too…'', he said to me. We gazed into each other's eyes, as we drew closer, and closed our eyes as we kissed again. This time it was even better. It lasted longer, and was more passionate. He caressed my cheek, as we French kissed. It was lovely…

After a 30 second make out session, we parted and nuzzled each other's beaks.

This was the best day of my life…So far...

We continued to watch the sunset, with our wings wrapped around each other. Sure, we had only met yesterday, but it was love at first sight…Kind of…Minus some trouble we had when we first met. I could certainly see this go further, maybe I could have chicks one day…But for now, we had to get unchained…


You better have listened to Free Bird, by Lynyrd Skynyrd whilst reading this. Its an epic song. Anyways, I was originally going to do 'Hot Wings', but that's cliché, and also I was lazy. Next I thought of doing 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC, but felt it didn't fit. Also I wouldn't be able to write non lyrical things. Finally I decided on Free Bird. Again, LISTEN TO IT.

This chapter was originally going to be called 'Through The Streets Of Rio', but I felt it didn't fit, and changed it to 'Free Bird'. Also I'm aware that Sophia has to rescue her family. I didn't have Ivan or any animal minions trash the place, for the sole purpose of making a joke in the next chapter work. I'll write chapter 18 soon.

Yes I know its fucking retarded to go to the club while they're on a mission to unchain themselves, and rescue Sophia's parents. Just pretend it makes a single lick of sense. I suppose, the dealer had agreed to have ALL of the Spix's Macaws, before they would be shipped off...Yeah, that's why.

I do realise its kind of stupid to call the first half of Free Bird 'romantic', as it (based on the lyrics) is about leaving a girl and being free, like a bird. Because the band is from the South, she's their sister/cousin.

Also I have to make a copyright disclaimer:

I own all rights to Free Bird, and I am the creator and owner of the song. All royalties belong to me. I make all claims of ownership towards the property of Free Bird. I use it as it is my domain.

NOTE: THAT WAS A JOKE. I HAVE TO SAY THIS BECAUSE LAWYERS HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOUR. I OBVIOUSLY DON'T OWN FREE BIRD. I'M A 15 YEAR OLD FROM AUSTRALIA, WHY THE HELL WOULD I OWN A SONG FROM THE 70's?! ALL RIGHTS GO TO LYNYRD SKYNYRD AND THE REPECTIVE PUBLISHER. DON'T SUE ME.

Until next time, goodbye.

(Edited to remove most song lyrics. I kept the last three lines so you know what's going on at the end. I don't care. I don't want to bend over for some greedy and slimy music corporation, but unfortunately I have to. It would be unjust for this to be taken down due to three lines from an iconic song. Luckily I can write song lyrics, so that's good. 9:56am 02/10/2020)