Quite Possibly The Sweetest Story Ever Told

by Duncan Jones

Once upon a time there were two precious love birds
And they were always wanting to fly and see each other
One of them was a wild and free love bird
And he lived wherever he could fly
But the other was not wild and free
She lived in a cage in a room with a sweet little girl
In a window in a house in a big city

And every day the wild and free love bird would fly to her window
And she would know he was coming
And she would make her feathers pretty
And she would look so beautiful in her cage
And he would land on the window sill and both would smile.

Then he would sing and sing
And she would sing too
And together they were so precious and happy.
And all of the other animals knew it
And everyone in the neighborhood would hear their songs all day long
And it made them happy too

And the time passed by like this
But every year when winter came and the cold winds blew
She would feel sad because he would have to leave her
And though he would stay as long as he could
When winter came he would eventually have to leave and fly away

And she would feel sad
And she would tell him that she was sorry for being in a cage
But he would just tell her sweet things
And say that she was all that he ever wanted
And he would sing and tell her that she was his love bird
And she would sing back and tell him the same
And then he would pretend to fall down and be silly to make her laugh
And he would only leave when she was laughing and smiling

And when he was cold and had to fly away he would remember her
And she would remember him
And he would think of her all winter long
And she would think of him all winter long
And he would never forget her
And she never would never forget him
And both would be happy

And every spring as soon as the sun regained its strength
He would open his wings and fly as fast as he could straight back to her window

And she would never know exactly when he would come back
And so he would catch her off guard and surprise her
And she would have to rush to make her feathers pretty
And she would be just a little bit embarrassed
And he would love it
And she would love it too

And he would sing new songs that he had thought of
And he would tell her new sweet things that he had thought of
And she would listen and be so happy and excited
And sometimes she would interrupt just to say how much she had missed him
And then he would tell her adventure stories and flying stories
And she would love it
And he would love it too

And the other animals would know that winter was over when they heard the love birds singing

And the time passed by like this
The days passed by and became years
And the years passed by and became time

Sometimes she would see other love birds outside together
And she would tell him that one day he would have to find another love bird
Who lived on the outside like he did
And who was wild and free like he was
And who could fly wherever she wanted like he could

But he would just tell her sweet things
And say that she was all he ever wanted
And then he would pretend to fall down and be silly
And she would laugh and smile and both would be happy

But as more time passed by
And more days became more years
She became a little bit more sad

Until one day the caged love bird heard the little girl and the family talking
Saying that they were all going to move
And that her cage would be in a new room with a new window
In a new house in a new neighborhood in a new city

And that day, when her wild and free love bird came to see her
She did not tell him what she had heard
She thought that it would be best for him to find another wild and free love bird
Who lived on the outside like he did
And who was wild and free like he was
And who could fly wherever she wanted like he could

And though this made her so sad
She wanted him to be as happy as he could be because she loved him
And she never realized how much he meant it when he would say that she was all he ever wanted

And so one day the wild and free love bird came to her window and she was gone
And his heart was so heavy
And he was so worried and sad
And he raced through the sky asking all the other animals about her
But they all lived on the outside like he did
And none of them knew where she or the little girl or the family had gone

And so he flew to all the windows of all the houses
In all the neighborhoods in all the cities that he could
And all the while he sang his song high in the sky
But he could not find her
And in between new windows he would fly back to their first window to see if she was there
But she never was

And the caged love bird would look out her new window
And she would sometimes think that she could see him in the sky
But she was inside
And he could not hear her
And she was never sure

Sometimes she would see other love birds in the window
But never him
And she would try to make her feathers pretty in case one day he might come
But he never did
And they were both so sad

In fact the caged love bird was so sad that the little girl noticed
And over and over would ask her mommy if they could let her go free because she always looked out the window
But the little girl’s mommy would say “no no”
And explain that their caged love bird was too pretty and expensive to fly free

And the time passed by like this.

But finally it broke the little girl’s heart too much to see her love bird sad
So one day she asked her caged love bird if she would like to fly free
And her love bird sang the prettiest song
And the little girl understood

And though she knew she would be in trouble
She opened the window
And she opened the cage
And again the love bird sang the prettiest song
And jumped out of her cage
And opened her wings …

But she had never flown before
And she did not know how
And she could not reach the window
So the sweet little girl picked her up and put her on the window sill
And the love bird sang her pretty song
She sang and sang and sang and sang …

And very far away a certain wild and free love bird looked up
And quicker than ever before he opened his wings and flew as fast as he could fly

Her song was even prettier than anyone had remembered
And so all the animals came to see
And all the neighborhood came to see
And the little girl’s mommy came to see

So on the window sill the caged love bird was singing
And in the sky the wild and free love bird was flying as fast as he could fly
And in the room the little girl was happy and giggling
And on the stairs the little girl’s mommy was coming

And the wild and free love bird looked down and saw her on the window sill
And the caged love bird looked up and saw him in the sky
And at that instant they were they happiest they had ever been

But as he was landing the little girl stopped giggling because her mommy was there
And her mommy said “no no,” and reached for the caged love bird
And took her away
And put her back in the cage
And the window was closed
But the wild and free love bird had found her
And just like so many times before
He landed outside on the window sill
And both smiled

And he was so happy that he had found her
And even though she was back in her cage and the window was closed
The caged love bird was so happy that he had found her too
And for the first time in a very long while they were both so happy

And the wild and free love bird told the caged love bird how he had searched so many new windows
And how he had always gone back to their first window because she was all he ever wanted
And he said how much he had missed her
And that he had never forgotten her
And she said how much she had missed him
And that she had never forgotten him either

And then he told her all the adventure stories and flying stories that she had missed
And he sang all the songs that he had thought of for her
And he told her so many sweet things to make her smile
And she loved it and he loved it too

And she told him all about how she had thought it was best for him to be happy with another wild and free love bird
And then she said she was sorry for not knowing how to fly and that she had tried
And he said that he did not care at all
Because she was his love bird
And she was all he ever wanted

And he did not need to be silly this time because she was already the happiest she could be

And later she told him the story of how the little girl was very sweet to her
And again they sang the prettiest song
And even though the little girl was downstairs in trouble she could hear them
And she knew that they were happy
And so she was happy too

And that is quite possibly the sweetest story ever told.