Carl was a Raven that fell for a woman, but he was too scared to approach her himself. Not sure if she’d accept a bird as a mate, he settled it in his heart that he’d patiently wait for the right time to introduce himself.
In the meantime, He hired friends to follow the woman around to learn more about her and help whenever the opportunity arose. Despite not being with the woman, maybe he could still protect and watch over her in his wait. Carl’s family didn’t approve of his infatuation with this woman, especially because she not only had many children but she wasn’t a raven. Its tradition to marry another Raven like themselves, his mother would stress, she would have even rather a seagull or a canadian goose. Carl’s mother wouldn’t accept the far fetch idea of her son leaving her to tie himself to a mere human woman.
“Would she even know how to love and care for you?” She fussed
Carl would roll his eyes at his mother’s over protectiveness but he knew that his mom was just being a mom, he just wished she’d respect him as a grown Raven though, who is capable of making good decisions and giving the thought an idea to flourish.
“If you go towards that woman i refuse to support you.” His mother would threaten. Carl would sigh with an ache in his heart.
Carl was a very important bird within the community and cared very much what his mother and the other Ravens thought of him so he chose to lie and tell his mother what he felt she wanted to hear. Like, how he didnt even like the woman and would keep his distance.
Carl’s mother was hesitant in believing her son. They both know. So she reached out to the local elder Ravens to keep an eye on her son and the woman. Maybe if she could keep them apart the union won’t happen and her son will eventually give up on this silly idea of settling with a human woman. Carl was clever though and knew of his mother’s plans. He wasn’t going to allow himself to give up on his one true love despite feeling guilty about how he spoke of her to his mother,
As he watched the woman he would understand more about her and learn that this being was created for him. The familiar feeling he got made him feel that she was his missing piece. Just watching her gave him such joy and everyday he would wish that he could just fly up to her with a rose or some chocolate and confess his love to her. The thought would paralyze him because he was so fearful that she wouldn’t return those feelings. Instead he settled with remaining perched in treetops and bushes trying to strategize the best way to approach the woman.
He learned all her favorite spots and on days that he knew the woman would visit the local lake, he’d leave little piles of rocks and gifts for her to find. It delighted him that she enjoyed his small gestures, but he could tell she was growing impatient with the lack of clarity of whom was leaving her these special treats.
On Valentine’s day he mustered up enough courage to go up to the woman’s door in hopes to give her a special gift and let her know about the way he’s been feeling but her room mate at the time came flying out the door startling him and causing him to fly away in a haste.
He contemplated slipping into the women’s room at night like he’s done many times before but leaving a feather on her bed to awake to. If she accepts the gift that would give him an idea whether she would accept him, but then again he thought to himself, that may scare her and that’s not something he wanted to do.
The locals spoke nicely of the woman and her children as well.. Despite her being lowkey, she seemed to be known everywhere. She left a beautiful scent wherever she went. He kinda found himself jealous of his friend’s, the mallards, who shared breakfast with the woman a couple days of the week. They would rant and rave of all the delicious foods the woman would bring them, and how kindly she treated them. He thought of how he would love to be fed and handled by the woman. It encouraged him to come up with more different strategies and scenarios that would bring him face to face with the love of his life. His mother would also overhear the locals speaking of this eccentric woman and all the deeds she’s done within the community and places she’s been. She knew it would be nearly impossible to pluck the woman from her son’s mind. She figured it would only be a matter of time before her son would grow the courage to go to the woman and claim her for himself. She started accepting it, but still chose not to entertain his shenanigans. Instead she looked for all the loveliest looking birds in the area hoping to gather them and present them as better options for her son to consider.Carl loved his mother so he found himself agreeing to meet up on these arranged dates but he could not help thinking about the woman. None of the other birds gave him the feeling or attentiveness the woman did. All the birds seemed so superficial in comparison, despite them being birds. He would find himself thanking the birds for meeting him, but excusing himself early to run off and find the woman. Anytime away from the woman felt miserable, being around her helped him feel good, to feel better, even alive at times.