Weekly Challenge #628 – Fly

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    by Jeffrey Fischer

    The past few weeks had been very stressful for me. An internal audit and the loss of a big client had left me edgy and irritable. My friend Mack, sensing my tension, proposed a weekend trip to go fly fishing. “Trust me, you’ll never have been so relaxed in your life.”

    That’s how I found myself in a freezing stream at 6 a.m., casting a rod adorned with colorful plastic into the water. Three hours later I was in the same spot with nothing to show for it beyond my increasing frustration and perhaps some frostbite. I snapped my rod in two, did the same with Mack’s, and threw our gear into the stream. “You’re right,” said, “this *is* relaxing. I should have done this hours ago.”


    #1 – Leave it to the birds

    If we were meant to fly, we’d have been given wings and feathers. Unfortunately we weren’t, so those crazy Wright brothers came up with the mad idea of creating the aeroplane.

    C’mon… I don’t care what the laws of physics state, there’s something incredibly wrong about five hundred tons of steel and aviation fuel defying gravity and taking to the skies.

    I’m dead against it – people were not meant to fly, and nothing you can argue to the contrary will change my opinion.

    So, you might ask why it is I love flying so much.

    Two words: Free booze.

    #2 – Fly!

    As a child, I always wondered what it would be like to fly. Stories of Peter Pan inspired dreams of flitting above the rooftops, soaring through the clouds and sailing through the misty air.

    And then, one day, I met the gypsy woman, and fumbling with the few coins I had saved from my pocket money, I whispered her my most fervent wish.

    That night, as the moon rose above the horizon, so did I, and it was everything I’d dreamed of, and more.

    Sadly, that was the only time.

    And I shall never fly again.

    Landings are a bastard!

    #3 – Ecology

    I watched the fly struggling in the web outside my window, and felt the stirrings of compassion.

    Perhaps I should intervene and set the poor thing free?

    But then the spider would go hungry; and maybe the bird that would have feasted on the spider would go hungry, and so on, right up the food chain, until we reach the ultimate apex predator… human beings.

    And we can’t have hungry humans, can we?

    Ecology is terribly complex.

    However, that’s not the reason I left the fly struggling in that web.

    I left it there, because I really can’t stand flies!


    A fly has been buzzing around the inside of my window, opposite my desk. It managed to avoid a scrap of flypaper pinned to the sill. It’s big, and I think it’s a male. The male is smaller than the female and the genitalia looks darker, blunter, untidier, and more convoluted.

    If and when the fly gets stuck to the flypaper, I will take it outside and do my best to free the fly, using disposable gloves and plastic tweezers.

    I will release it above a steaming pile of dog crap, so it can find nourishment after its stressful ordeal.


    When I was a lad, I dressed fly. I was the picture of sartorial splendor and a model for the hippest and most sought after style in the city.

    I sewed many of my own garments, learning how to make patterns by tediously disassembling my favorite shirts, jackets and trousers. I made patterns, bought fabrics and piping at a large fabric store, and stitched things together with an antique, treadle-powered Singer.

    People would ask me where I bought my clothes. I told them they were original, and I made them. I was offered cash, trades, and drugs for my wardrobe.


    Pretty Fly For a White Guy

    Technically Elvis Presley was fly before fly was fly. Clothes from Lansky’s moves from Chuck Berry. Pat Boon would take decades to catch up even with a Big Mama” Thornton kick start. But you got to give credit where credit is due. Back stage at the T.A.M.I. Show in 1964 Mick Jagger is watching the Hardest Work Man in Show Business kill it on stage. He the Stones go on next and Jagger pretty much steals every move James Brown made. Keith Richards said of the moment, “the biggest mistake of their careers.” You just can’t out fly James Brown.


    “The photo’s really bad. Where’s this?!”
    “I don’t know. But this is where the hot air balloon is.”
    “I can see that… Do you have any other irrelevant information to volunteer?!”
    “There’s a lighthouse on the photo.”
    “I can see that too… What else?”
    “Nothing… Except those red leaves.”
    “Special leaves?”
    “No. They’re quite common.”
    “Then, we have nothing.”
    “Why did you bring me this photo then?”
    “Because at the back someone wrote the coordinates.”
    “And you waited this long to tell me that?”
    “I just hate negative people.”


    Isn’t this just amazing?

    I know you’re nervous. Who wouldn’t be nervous before their first jump? Some would say you have to be more than a little crazy to throw yourself out of a perfectly good plane at thirteen thousand feet, with nothing but a thin sheet of silk to stop you from hitting the ground below at terminal velocity.

    But I know you, and that you’re not at all crazy, not even a little bit.

    There’s no way you’d jump out of a plane with only a parachute to save you.

    Not that I packed one for you anyway!


    We burst out of our cocoons in our new bodies, rise into the air, and scatter. Our throng is more numerous than I can grasp. But each must strive to outdo the others, and find a mate to receive our payload alone.

    I sense how much energy yet remains. I have no mouth and cannot feed, but I must not fail. At last I detect an unmated target. With my utmost effort I expend my last reserves, and at the end I achieve consummation.

    The drone swooped down from the sky and exploded in the centre of the enemy outpost.


    I believe I can fly, and in dreams I know I can. The problem is the aerodynamic imagination.

    Some people, when they fly in their dreams, fly with their arms outstretched at their sides, kind of like wings. Some with their arms stretched out in front of them, like Superman. If you are in the dream time, you never see anybody flying the other way, the way that is not your way.

    If you do, you lose faith and you crash.

    I heard when you hanglide you cease to dream of flying.

    Now I fly for real and don’t crash.


    Sitting in the back of the bus, Billbert thought he was home free, until Roderick climbed on. Though the bus was crowded the bully made straight for him and sat.
    “Give me that bag, or you’re going to fly out the window of this bus,” Roderick snarled.
    When Billbert hesitated, Roderick pulled his backpack from his hands and rifled through the pockets until he found it.
    Dragging Billbert from the bus at the next stop, Roderick held the bag in the air and declared for the rest of the students to hear, “This bag is going to make me fly.”


    We walked through metal detectors, got patted down, and were escorted into the conference hall by bodyguards.
    More bodyguards sat in a row in front of the podium as celebrities shouted about how much they hated the NRA and demanded gun control.
    So, I shouted “GUN!”
    All of the bodyguards quickly pulled out their weapons and scanned the crowd, and then… there was a shot, and another, and then…
    The bodyguards were shooting each other.
    Instant panic. Celebrities rushed the exits, but they were locked.
    “SEE HOW WE NEED GUN CONTROL!” shouted someone.
    A shot rang out, and they screamed.

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