Day 108: Above

Above
by
Matt Zurbo

 

Head-and-shoulders front on image of kid.
(There are dozens of crowded oval-shaped word balloons all around him, each one filled with one of the following:)
not awkward.
So what if…?
Embarrassing.
What does the teacher even mean?
Why did they go and say…?
What if I fail?
Why didn’t I kick that goal?
Shut up!
Never live down that…
…need money for…
Scared.
What am I going to do about the bullies?
Why do I get so nervous with…!?
I can’t believe I said…!
I hate those boys!
Shut! Up!
My sister’s annoying.
I don’t like Mondays.
Those bullies…

Kid walking.
(Word balloons almost smothering him, as if he has to push through them.)
Why didn’t I…?
If only I had….!
Always late for…
Why, why, why…?
…but the other kids have enough money for…
Like, never early…!
If Dad can’t work…
I never get to see Mum…
Don’t even want to…
Fret…
How am I going to…?
If I don’t find a way to…
What if they laugh at…
Shut up, shut up, shut up!
Hold her hand! Just hold her hand!
I can’t believe I…!

Close up of kid’s feet, jogging left-to-right.
(Word balloons with doubts and fears fill the space above legs at top of page.)
Shut up! Why won’t you just…?
I could have really…
I wish, wish, wish I had done…!
Shut…

Groan…
But if I…
Up!
The big problem with that is…

… am I going to do about…?
No!
Stop thinking about…!!

Kid running fast.
(Word balloons mostly receding behind him. Only a few in front now.)
What if other kids think…
Nothing wrong with…
Why can’t they see that…”
I wanted a dog
The neighbour’s kid…
Damn bullies…
Get away from…
Our Mum wouldn’t…
Or would…?
Won’t listen to me when…
But…

Kid, arms fully extended, flying less than a metre off the ground.
(Only a handful of word balloons about him, now, and even then they are smaller.)
Got to…
Gravity…
They just wont listen to…
Pass that test in…
Embarrassing…

Kid arching/flying around bin.
(Fewer and smaller word balloons again.)
Got to…
Don’t…
Find a way to…
If only…
Can’t seem to…
Just…

Kid tumbling/flying, with smile, rising above/over heads on street.
A…

but…
So I…
He must…
Then…
We…

Kid, small, flying up from city buildings towards clouds.
(Only three or four word balloons, so small we can’t make out the full words…)
K…
S…
U…
D…

Simple image of kid flying in the air, a cloud or two behind him.

Kid flying with big eagles.

Kid flying past giant god, forging lightening amongst the clouds.

Kid flying past moon and other planets and stars.

Kid flying down through only open patch of lighting dark, stormy clouds.

Kid arching in flight alongside MASSIVE container ship.

Kid flying low, between waves of rough, dark, green sea. Giant squid in one of the waves, small fishing boat pushing through headwinds.

Kid flying within a fleet of flying Viking ships.

Kid flying within giant floating teapots and giant spoons and giant plates, salt shakers and giant ants, etc… All heading in same direction.

Kid flying down, smiling, through tops of impossibly tall trees. Small, semi-human tree people cheering him on.

Kid flying over rooftops. It’s hot, everybody is hanging out of their windows, or out, cooling down under sprinklers, on roof landings, a few dogs barking at him, etc…

Kid gliding ten feet off street, no-one else around.

Kid landing in a jog.

Kid walking away, whistling, one sole music note coming from his mouth.

 

 

The End

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