A novelette of 7200 words. Originally published in BLONDE ON BLONDE literary magazine.
Willie, a grown man with a child's mind, loved to hunt in the Arizona desert with his homemade bow and arrow. His mother watched over him, praised him for his hunting ability, and good heart. His younger brother, Burt, called him names and wanted him out of his life.
One day when Burt tracked down Willie in the desert to insist he leave home and stop being a burden to everyone, the black bird came to help Willie handle his troubles. The rabbit hunter has to find a way to survive, even if it means indulging an action he can't take back, even if it means his life will change forever.