Picture it and Write: A crazy Idea

by joetwo

Hi there! This is my offering for this week’s picture it and write challenge from Ermila’s blog here. Once again the picture is not mine, it is by Diggie Vitt, I only use it for  inspiration. Anyway: Enjoy!

A Crazy Idea

Malcolm looked out over the wide expanse of the Main Bay. Here, around the central spin-axis of the ship, the pseudo-gravity was almost negligible and great trees grew under the diffuse light of a thousand lamps.

It was a crazy idea. Sure he had done the numbers, the strange accountancy of the universe allowed it, but it was still as mad as a bag of badgers, beyond the pale, even allowing for the acceptable limited of madness in teenagers. But it was too late now, he was already committed.

He had scrounged an six meter by six sheet of toughed paper from the Fab and press-ganged three friends to help him fold it. There was a lot of arguing as they worked to fold the awkward sheet but they managed to achieve a rather traditional design, with ridged wings for greater stability. Not that he would have much control anyway but still, better then before.

Finally he sat on the thing on a ledge near the access, rocked forward, and was away.

It took twenty seconds of slowly accelerating fall for the paper to catch the wind and then he was flying. Actually flying.

Malcolm had never felt so alive. He was riding the air like a bird sailing through the giant branches as if he had been shrunken to tiny insect proportions. It was magical, it as wonderful, it was unbelievable.

It was a crazy idea, a mad idea, but Malcom was overjoyed that he had tried it.