“Write a passage on ‘Wings’. Hope, freedom, spirituality. Flying is the aspiration of the soul towards a loftier human condition.” His English professor gushed. She had the remarkable ability to pin her students under a microscope to see the inner workings of their brains.                                                                                                                                                                        
The girls in Col’s college class oohed and aahed into senseless giggles. They wrote about what Col referred to as the “fluffy stuff of gossamer wings shining like rainbows.”

One shrewd soul thought about the wings on a military uniform. Definitely having an eye for the camera obscura with his ability to see darkened objects and what others could not observe. Dramatical opening read, “The wings insignia not only showed his special training, but that he was above criticism. The hero’s wings were once the envy, yet pity of his fellow officers.  As a World War II Royal Marine he was a dying breed….”

Another student staring at pristine paper chased after creative thoughts like an entomologist with a torn butterfly net. He toyed agonizingly with the idea of writing about the gracious wings of a mansion, the slow graceful bird in flight, or a streamlined silver bullet of a plane. 

Col wrote about chicken wings. 

He hoped that his teacher would not think that he was mocking the assignment and, by association, her.  

He began, “Entering the Chuck-a-Bucket restaurant, the bell over the door welcomed me like a brother. Standing in a queue was always full of promise and anticipation. The tantalizing aroma of chicken wings evoked all of the five senses. Crisp skin, moist flavours and savoury sauce. Sweet and spicy, an indulgent treat to overpower the nostrils and make you giddy for a taste. Ordering the food, I entered a new dimension where only the good at heart were rewarded with such delicacies as chicken wings.”

A peri passing his desk read the last sentence. Previously, he had playfully mocked this beautiful graceful girl for writing about the soft delicate tissue of a fairy’s wings. She teasingly asked, “Now who is fantasizing?”

Col gallantly agreed, “Touché!”    

 

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hello Margarida, this was a joy to read, a unique approach. This way, then that way, and then the Chicken Wings,? ha, ha, and a twist at the end too. I enjoyed reading this, well done.

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

This story is truly special. It made me smile and kept me reading. I like how you have included a hint of your past as well. Col sounds like a comical character. I also really like your title. It pulled me in instantly.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

I loved your interpretation, Margarida! We all search for a different approach, and you have found it! Fun and a great twist ending. Not sure I’d want to go to the ‘Chuck-a-Bucket restaurant as here in Australia ‘chuck’ is also a slang term for vomiting  ?  but I must admit I now have a craving for chicken 🙂 Well done!

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago
Reply to  Margarida Brei

For me ‘Chuck’ added an extra bit of fun to the story, Margarida, and I wasn’t sure if it was done deliberately for that reason or perhaps not known in that context outside of Australia. I’ve just re-read it and enjoyed it again 🙂

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

A fun story with an original take on the prompt Margarida. Nicely done!

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Indeed, there are wings and wings! Col was very honest and followed his heart, which I hope the teacher accepted. The last observation, as the rest of the story, is both clever and funny and gives an extra twist to the story.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

This is a very good story, Margarita. And funny. As the other member said, it has a unique approach and clever twist that I like the most. Good job. I enjoyed reading it.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Margarida Brei

You’re welcome, Margarida.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Margarida, this is brilliant. You’ve brought a smile to my face to close the day on. I thoroughly enjoyed the story about a student writing a story. Chicken wings were a true inspiration. Great writing, I loved it!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago
Reply to  Margarida Brei

It sounds like she’d get on with my Grandson who suggested zombie mermaids to my daughter, the story of which went into the ‘different’ competition

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