Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: WAIT (05/21/20)
TITLE: Out of the Blue
By Francy Judge
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The cheerful chirping song of her siblings tempted Lula to try. They chased each other and played hide and seek while she watched. She took a deep breath, smelling the cherry blossoms as pink petals fell like snow. Maybe the petals would soften her landing if she fell.
She anchored her feet to the edge of the nest and peered over the braided straw. Bradford Bee whizzed by, ruffling Lula’s downy feathers. Bee did a somersault and gave a loud buzz as he flew around her nest.
“Show off!” Lula tweeted.
Her mama stood next to her waving her wing. “Use your energy to soar higher than the insults of others.”
“I know. He is such a pest though.”
Mama stood on the highest point of the nest. “Are you ready to fly?”
Lula shook her beak again. “No, not jumping. Not now. Not ever.” She could smell honey as Bradford buzzed by for the third time.
“What are you afraid of? Remember, who graduated at the top of your flight class?”
Lula looked up at her mama’s gentle smile. “Me.”
“And who was the first fledgling to lift off the ground?”
Lula kept her beak closed tightly to hold back her proud smile. “I was.”
“Remind me who hovered the longest in the cool spring air?”
Lula kicked up some hay. She knew where her mother was going with her list of questions.
“I did. But that was before I bent my wing.”
Bradford whizzed by Lula again and shook his stinger at her.
"Ooh. He makes me so mad!”
“Ignore him. So, tell me why my top student is afraid to leap out of the nest.”
“Three reasons: one…” Lula peered down over the side again and shivered. “It’s a long way to the ground.” She looked up at the dinosaur shaped cloud that appeared to be charging toward her. “Two: I’m awfully close to the sky.” Lula glanced at her mother’s round eyes. “And three: what if I can’t come back? I’ll wait until sunrise.”
Mama bird wrapped her long graceful feathers around Lula. “Okay. Maybe God wants you to wait until you are ready. Nothing is wrong with taking your time. But don’t be afraid of leaving forever. You can always come back to the nest to visit.”
Lula kicked her cracked blue egg to the side. Why couldn’t she climb back inside and snuggle in her shell for another day or week or month?
Lula dozed off and dreamed of soaring through golden trimmed clouds with the sun warming her back. She felt the peace of her creator holding her wing in the breeze until a loud boom woke her. And a choppy buzzing sound. “Bzz… buzz….zzz. Help!”
Above her little head, Lula caught a glimpse of a yellow and black dot spiraling down toward her. Without thinking, she dove out of the nest, flapped her wings, and felt the breeze lift her. Bradford bee landed on her back as she landed on the carpet of cherry blossoms.
Bee buzzed a soft “Thank you.”
Lula waved her wing. “No problem.” She glanced up at the sun rising over her nest. It was her time to fly.
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