night, and a policeman strolled the dark streets of his beat in Go City.
Things were quiet, except for the occasional chatter from his walkie-talkie,
but in a city protected by famous super-heroes, things were often quiet.
He walked through the plaza in front of a high-rise building, when he
suddenly heard a tapping and scraping noise.
out his flashlight, he looked around through the plaza, trying to find
the source of the noise. He heard the tapping again, coming from higher
up. He turned, and the beam from his flashlight landed on a large bronze
statue of Hego that was built to honor Team Go. A faint tap-tap-tap
came to his ears again, and he turned his light, zeroing in on the noise.
His flashlight revealed a large crow, which was perched on Hego's left
arm. It stared with a baleful eye down at the policeman for a moment,
then began pecking at the back of Hego's hand.
yelled up at him, angry that the bird was scratching at the statue of
a man they all respected. 'Shoo!' he said loudly.
ignored him. The policeman stared, seeing a flash of metal. There was
some kind of spike or tool attached to the tip of the crow's beak, and
the bird was using it to peck at the statue.
stooped and picked up a pebble, throwing it up at the crow. His first
throw missed, but he picked up more stones, getting closer to the offending
bird with each toss. 'Beat it!' he shouted. One stone struck the statue's
arm a few inches from where the crow was perched. The crow let out one
harsh croak and took flight, disappearing into the night sky.
stayed there for a few minutes to make sure the crow didn't come back.
The statue was tall, otherwise he would have climbed up to see if the
bird had damaged it. When nothing happened for a short while, the cop
left the plaza, wondering if he should file a report on what he had
seen. He decided better of it, and eventually his mind went to other
back of the statue's left hand, grooved deeply into metal, three strange
characters had been etched. And as the residents of Go City slept, they
were unaware that there were other crows perched on statues across the
city, tapping and scraping with tiny spikes on their beaks....