Excerpt from novel in progress, Taking Flight

This is a small excerpt from my novel in progress, Taking Flight. This story is about Geek, a wild budgerigar in the Australian outback. Geek ‘takes flight’ and leaves the family gum tree in search of bigger and better things in the wide, unknown world.

~ Taking Flight

By Sarah Anderson

Chapter 1 – Geek

Geek stretched her wings and slowly blinked as sunlight spilled through the leaves of her tree. She had woken from a dream, one that had been recurring every night for almost a month. In her dream, she had been soaring beneath the radiating sun, feeling the wind rustling through her feathers as she looked down at the world below her. It all seemed so far away, though she was only 20 metres above the ground. She could see the humans going about their daily business below, the horses in a neighbouring paddock cheekily eating apples off a tree, and she could smell the sweet scent of the town bakery below. Her mind wandered as she imagined what tasty treats had been baked in the early hours of the morning. Cinnamon twists, homemade sausage rolls, and her favourite, apple pies with fine sugar sprinkled on top.

Then suddenly she was plummeting, faster and faster toward the ground below. She looked down and saw the trees and the dirt and grass covered earth getting closer, and frantically, she tried to fly, but it was futile. The more Geek beat her wings, the faster she fell and finally, her tiny body exhausted, she gave up. In an instant, just as suddenly as she had fallen, she was soaring upward again, only she wasn’t moving her wings. Confused, Geek looked around and then she saw him. A majestic budgie, larger than her petite self, and stunningly yellow, with rich black markings on his wings. He was flying below and lifting her up, almost effortlessly. His eye caught hers and she could see her reflection in them. They were deep and expressive, and the whole time he lifted her high into the sky, she stared into them, feeling like she’d always known him. She knew at that moment she was safe.

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Flying

As I sit here in the garden
And I look towards the sky,
I see the birds fly overhead,
They soar and it looks so effortless.
The wind that catches their wings
Makes my hair cover my eyes.
I close them, smiling
And listen to the sounds around me.
The birds are singing their happy songs,
The win rustles the autumn leaves
And I sit, peacefully, thinking of you.
I open my eyes and smile to myself.
You have always loved birds,
The way they fly so freely,
The way they perch on the branch, so regally.
I know you were a bird in a past life.
You’re a free spirit.
If you want to fly, nothing can hold you back.
You have a lust for life,
For adventure and travel.
I can imagine you soaring in the sky,
Looking down at the world; an amazing view,
Then flying back down to earth
And sharing with me what you’ve seen.
I think the world would look more beautiful
From way up there.
Sometimes I imagine joining you.
We could fly forever, you and I.
Fly past all the worries in the world
And keep going til we’re amongst the clouds.
All we can see are the clouds,
The sun, and each other.
We are all each other needs.
I smile as I close my eyes
And again I hear the birds’ sweet songs.
The happy chirps of a beautiful creature
Who sees the world as a pinprick
Far down below.
No wonder birds are so free.
And that is how I feel.
We could fly forever and never tire.
Side by side, the wind in our feathers.
We are both birds and this world is our sky,
Full of wonder and opportunity.
With you I can do anything.
Even fly.

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In Baby’s adoring eyes, Daddy is a hero,
A strong caring man who’s always there.
In Baby’s naive mind, Daddy says ‘I love you,’
When Daddy really says ‘I don’t care.’
And through her rose coloured glasses,
Baby looks up at him with Mummy.
They look like they’re from a fairytale.
Daddy looks handsome, and Mummy looks beautiful,
Like the prince and princess in one of the books
That Mummy always reads to Baby.
But one day, Daddy is going, walking out on
Mummy and their little Baby.
Baby sees Daddy’s back as he walks away.
The silence following the fight between
Mummy and Daddy is deafening.
Baby wonders where Daddy is going,
And when he comes back,
Will he take her to the circus in town?
But the circus leaves, and Daddy is still gone.
And now the heartbroken Baby knows,
She may never see Daddy again.
So she cries for her Daddy,
And she wishes for her Daddy,
And she screams for her Daddy.
But crying and wishing and screaming
Won’t bring Daddy back again.
Daddy leaves Baby’s life, while leaving
A gaping hole in her innocent, trusting heart.
But it wasn’t Baby’s fault,
And she shouldn’t have to live with
The pain of not knowing.
Didn’t Daddy love her?
Or wasn’t she good enough?
Why was Daddy not there for her
When she needed it, especially now?
Baby’s finding it hard to remember, its been so long.
And her heart’s gaping hole is now filled with cement.
Not that different from Daddy’s.
Will Daddy’s heart ever soften?
Will he ever want to see Baby again?
Baby doesn’t know.
Many years have passed since Baby last saw her Daddy.
She’s finding it even harder to remember.
What did Daddy look like?
What did he sound like?
Did Daddy have his own smell?
Baby still can’t remember.
Then Baby breaks down, and once again,
She cries for her Daddy,
And she wishes for her Daddy,
And she screams for her Daddy.
But just like when he left, Daddy can’t hear.
And crying and wishing and screaming
Still wont bring Daddy back.
But one day, Baby knows, Daddy will wonder.
He will want to see his Baby again.
But then it will be too late,
Because by the time Daddy is interested,
Baby would have long lost hope.
And Daddy will only be another thing in Baby’s life,
That she could never never depend on.