Intergalactic – Friday Fictioneers – 07/26/13

It’s great to be back with the Friday Fictioneers after a brief hiatus. I look forward to reading as many stories as I can. Thank you, Doug, for the gorgeous photo for inspiration and to Rochelle for her generous time.

I’m not sure what this is. I hope you enjoy it.

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Copyright –Β Douglas M. MacIlroy

Intergalactic (100 words)

When my mother tells me, as she often does, “Timmy, you got your head in the clouds,” I always thought it a compliment. What better way to pass the time than in billowy, floating cream puffs? When I am older I will fly amongst their glittery, vaporous masses with the seagulls, airplanes, and satellites.

“Drink your juice,” she taps my glass.

When she says, “I’m beside myself with excitement, literally,” I want to laugh. Who talks like this? My mother makes no sense.

Moments before launching into intergalactic space, I understand, my earth self gazing up at me, wishing me well.

53 thoughts on “Intergalactic – Friday Fictioneers – 07/26/13

  1. A lovely puff piece. πŸ™‚ I like your play on having your head in the clouds and being beside yourself.

    One small thing: ” I will fly amongst its glittery” should be “amongst their” as you’re talking about more than one cloud.



  2. What a great story! I definitely relate to this one – I thought growing up would keep me a bit more grounded, but I think it’s having the opposite effect on me. Perhaps I’ll see Timmy up there πŸ˜‰


  3. Another cliche: from the mouths of babes … so he got to travel beyond the clouds. Dreams are possibilities.


  4. Hi Amy,
    Einstein theorized that it’s possible for one thing to be in two places at the same time. I liked the childhood sequence, and the way he kept his dream alive and carried the same attitude as an adult. I know what this is. It’s an excellent story. Ron


  5. Nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds. It must be nice to be beside yourself. Sometimes I have a hard time just being in the same room with me. πŸ™‚


  6. Fun little story. My mom used to confound me with her phrases as well. I had to laugh. I look forward to the next one.


  7. Timmy’s mom seemed to operate by the book . . . like she thrived off structure and order. I noticed this character trait when she tapped on the glass filled with orange juice. Fortunately, her rigidity didn’t snuff out her son’s dreams.

    Nice piece, Amy!


  8. Really enjoy the flow of this piece Amy. The tapping of the glass, the child’s perception of his mother… really captures a child’s ethereal thoughts, and the magic world so many of us inhabit when we let our thoughts fly. Nice work!


  9. Glad to see you back in the Fictioneers, Amy. I’m just catching up on the backlog of posts, so I’m a bit late reading this one. This is a great story. I think having your head in the clouds is a pretty good compliment. πŸ™‚


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