I always worry about episodes like this one. Back when I was still writing Fortuna Saga, I got a very short email from a reader after this episode that asked, “Why do you hate birds so much?” I remember this email because it actually lead to an interesting discussion about why the reader thought that and how to support and defend that accusation. For the record, I don’t hate birds. I grew up taking care of a pet Cockatiel that lived just shy of 30 years in Cutting care. I don’t have any pet bird now, though. I suppose that I either outgrew them or became too self conscious about keeping them in cages.