August 10, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something or someone that is transient. It can be a fleeting moment, a rogue vagabond, or ephemeral like trending hashtags. What is passing by and how can you capture the passing in a flash?
I’ve been focused on insects this week. They loom large in my youth, those ephemeral flappers that captivated my father and created a bond between him, my brother and I as we wandered far and wide after an elusive fritillary or secretive skipper.
The fallow periods of walking through grass and heather, hoping to disturb some slumbering butterfly, the cry as a flit of gold of flash of blue caught our eye, the vigorous mad risky-reckless chase wherever it headed and, with luck they dexterous swish of a net to capture the delicate thin-structured wonder.
Back then we collected specimens we hadn’t had before. Or kept them to breed from.
These days it’s just looking, loving, enjoying.
So much so we invested in a moth trap, a circular device with an ultra violent light into which moths fly. In the morning they are sitting on egg boxes deep within the trap to be checked, photoed and released.
Partly this was prompted by finding a super hawk moth caterpillar feeding on willow in Crystal Palace park.
To me these small beasties are the ultimate in transient, never lasting long but always bringing a smile to my face. I begrudge their loss.
Anyway, here’s the latest installment of Mary’s story.
Plus ca change
‘What is it?’ Mary glanced at the door hoping Penny didn’t hear her father.
‘An old school friend’s died. Jerry Slade. 49 years aold’ Paul laughed shortly. ‘When we were ten we agreed to become train drivers together. To Mary he looked wistful. ‘I guess I thought we’d be friends forever.’
‘His parents split and he went off the rails a bit. I last saw him at a reunion about fifteen years ago.’
‘Didn’t you want to renew the contact?’
‘He’d changed. We both had. Nothing lasts, does it?’
Mary kissed her husband. ‘We do.’
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