This was inspired by seeing the March 2015 issue of People magazine at a checkout lane, with Kelly Clarkson and her topless underage daughter, River Rose, on the cover. (After the shock of seeing naked baby boobs, my next reaction was admiration for Clarkson’s choice to name the kid after two Doctor Who companions.)
When telling a child “Equality is good,” always remember to add the disclaimer “Unless it involves considering other animals equal in value to humans; then you’ll probably end up considering the human species to be a bunch of mass-murdering monsters and rooting for anyone who wants to kill them.”
Abby didn’t actually tell any lies here. She does not have a dirty, parasite-ridden wild bird (Polyphemus takes about eight baths a day, has been checked and cleared of feather-mites, and is very tame). The hall director is seeing and hearing things (how real those things are is not the question). And Abby really is glad that he’s leaving to see a doctor, because she was worried about him (though perhaps not for the reason he thinks).
I don’t think Polyphemus told any lies either (though his definition of “service animal” may be a stretch).
Here’s something I wrote about the phenomenon of otherkin. Yes, it’s weird, but there’s really no point in ridiculing it by saying it’s “not real.” Just because something isn’t what you think it is, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a real something.
His exclamation of “FRELL YOU!” was not in response to Abby’s assertion that anecdotes don’t constitute proof of avian intelligence; rather, it was in response to this whole conversation about him in third person when he was right there. How rude!