Thinking back on the stories I’ve submitted so far, they are all pretty dark and somber. Inspiring, some of them, creepy and weird a few of them; but I started thinking I just couldn’t write happiness. And given how I’ve been feeling this week, I wanted to try and do the opposite. Which seemed like an impossible task at the time, but as it turned out it actually helped pull the cobwebs out of my head today. I really got into this voice and enjoyed it.
This is my submission for Turn-a-trope Tuesday #3: “Resigned to the Call”. I don’t know if I turned it on its head, or if I really even made the resigned part believable. I think I tried to make this challenge fit into what I wanted to write this week. I hope it worked and I hope you like my foray into a little more light-hearted territory.
“Jaden, come down from there this instant!”
“But Moooom, you told me to practice my flying and I just started.” I keep flying just to see if I can really get her worked up, or maybe she’ll forget and leave me be.
Flying is great. I wish I had always been able to, but it takes some time before wings are ready. Mom says it’s like walking. You have to crawl first. I don’t know if I get it, I only know my wings finally decided to work and I can fly.
“Jaden!” Mom’s voice is in shrill territory. Maybe just one more turn around the valley…
Before I know it, she’s got my wing, dragging me to the nearest cloud.
“Ow!” I don’t cry, cause I’m too big, but it hurts and I have to blink a few times to stop the stinging in my eyes.
Mom lets go of my wing and kneels down in front of me. Mom is beautiful, no doubt about it. She has red-gold hair that brushes her knees as she leans toward me. Her wings, the same color as her hair, fan around her and do this twitchy calming thing. I like Mom’s wings. I sometimes imagine I’m back in her arms, before mine were fully formed, and we’re soaring through the wind together.
“It’s time, Jaden.” I look into her eyes, dreading what I think she means. She’s looking at me a little weird like she’s not sure how I’m going to react.
“But, Mom, I don’t want one.” I’m whining.
“Everyone has a human, dear. That’s what we do.”
I frown and crinkle up my nose. “Humans are dumb.” I go from whining to sulking pretty fast, folding my arms in front of me, like I can keep it all out. Honestly, I just want to go back to flying.
She laughs and I’m not sure if she’s laughing at me and it makes me mad. My arms are at my sides, hands in fists and I stomp my foot on the cloud, vapor puffs shooting off into the sky. “I won’t do it. You can’t make me!”
She gives me that look Moms get. “You’re being ridiculous, but I understand. Honestly, I do. I didn’t want to meet mine the first time either. But, you’ll see, Love. It will happen to you just like it did for me, for all of us.”
“What if I hate my human? Can I trade him in for a new one?”
“That just isn’t done, Love.”
“What if I… don’t do what I’m supposed to do… you know…”
“Jaden! Where did you hear such a thing?”
My hands are behind my back and I’m staring down at the cloud, one toe picking at an invisible glitch in its surface.
“I heard Dad once…” I let my voice trail off cause I don’t want to get Dad in trouble. Not that Mom is much trouble for Dad. They usually just make lovey-dovey eyes at each other, but you know, kid code… I think that’s a thing. Anyway, I am not ratting Dad out. Although, I think I just did…
She sighs and reaches for my hand as she stands up. “Come, love. We’re going to be late.”
I don’t really want to go, but it’s not like I have a choice. I do that thing I did when I was like… I don’t know… five… I get really into it too, rolling my eyes, saying “uuuggh” and making a big show out of letting her pull me along as she lifts off the cloud.
“Put up your glamour, Love.” Her voice drifts over to me as we continue flying, staying high enough so we won’t be spotted until we’re sure it’s safe. Nothing really changes much when I turn my glamour on. Like putting on an old hat, it just settles over me and, poof, I’m invisible to humans.
It doesn’t take us long before we swoop through a window and land soundlessly in a room. I don’t really get what I’m seeing, but there are lots of big humans and loud beeping noises. I look up at Mom, thinking she’s going to explain, but she’s looking at me and I think she might cry. So weird!
While I’m looking at her, there’s suddenly this screeching, squalling noise. I scrunch up my face and look back to see what’s making all the fuss. “Is that my human?” I look at Mom for an answer and she is just nodding her head, crying. I roll my eyes. “He’s pretty gross.” I watch as they put him in a glass box. They’re doing stuff to him and he’s screeching so loud my ears start ringing.
I don’t know exactly what changes, but I feel this strange pull inside me. I let go of Mom’s hand without really thinking about it and start walking forward. Mom doesn’t say anything, which again, is weird, but I can’t really stop what’s happening. I have to go.
I feel like I’m in some sort of trance as I walk up to the glass box and see him up close for the first time. Everything sort of melts away and we’re alone, just me and the tiny human. His fists are curled up and his arms and legs flail around like someone just pinched him. He’s all red and splotchy and gooey. I gather some calming energy, stuff Mom used to use on me, and I sprinkle it over him.
His screeching stops and his eyes get really bright and it’s like he’s looking right at me. I reach my hand towards him and he grabs my finger in his tiny fist and I feel it. It’s almost bigger than both of us put together. It fills me up and comes out of me and I’m shining brighter than I ever have.
He’s my human. I didn’t want it, I don’t really get it yet, but that’s the way it is.