Plump, spry, and happy as can be, Clover was once again roosting on the patio table and sullying the deck. Upon closer inspection, I found that she was missing a small patch of feathers from her neck. If there were any doubt before, it certainly took leave: Something was truly after the bird. Clover cheated death. And won. Every time. It seemed she was destined for greatness.
My sweet girls were over-the-moon to have her back. They chased her, fed her, coddled her, and just loved her to pieces. Clover again kept me company as I hung the laundry, retrieved the mail, and performed the outside chores. The homestead felt just a bit fuller. Even my coffee seemed sweeter.
On the other hand, The Man was less than thrilled. I think he even grunted. Maybe twice. Still jaded, he threatened, spinning tales of savory chicken dinner slow-cooked over the fire. He did not think she could survive the forthcoming Iowa winter. I disagreed. The hearty bird had already proven she had nine lives. And then some. It seemed we could never truly consider her down for the count.
Weeks passed, summer faded, and Clover was happy. She sat at my side, warming my feet, as I sipped my coffee each cool, autumn morning. Scrubbing the deck became a regular chore. Again. And the big girls fought over who would feed her each day. Life was a peach.
But no one could have imagined what happened next…
Stop by tomorrow for Part 5, the finale!
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Love & Coffee!