Sunday, April 29, 2007


#57 - Wings



Unprepared, he thought; "Ok, I'll have to wing it!"
How often had he waited, patiently, in the wings for his chance to strut his stuff, show off his talent, only to be left there unneeded, unnecessary? Year after year, performance after performance, always ready, like the curtain, and the props. Just another nearly invisible accoutrement, barely noticed, yet told he was an important, integral asset to the success of the production.

After thousands of shows, always ready to step in to the starring roll immediately, he began to lose interest. He was either late for, or skipped rehearsals altogether. The script was given a cursory scan or not read at all. His reading material now was the want ads. Seeking new opportunities to find himself, find a focus, he was elsewhere in his mind.

Right before his eyes, Johnny had had a spell, a stroke they said. John Meriwether Whistlestop was down for the count. The star of the show, of countless shows, couldn't go on. He watched, dumbly as Johnny was wisked away to the Big City Teaching Hospital (BCTH).

"Mr. Lebeau, Mr. Lebeau Make up right away!"
"You're on in twenty minutes"

Wouldn't you know it! a once in a life time chance and he was going to have to wing it!

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19 Comments:

Blogger paris parfait said...

Rel, I love this take on the prompt. Really clever.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

Hee hee... I wounldn't want to be Mr. Lebeau right now!
Oh, what happens next?!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

The best performaces come from the unexpected, the heat of the moment, adrenaline filled, flying by the seat of the pants moments!
Our Monsieur Lebeau will be mah-velous!

Great take on this prompt :)

11:45 AM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

I await your posts as you always take a very different view of the prompts. I liked this too. Once in a life chance and he couldn't make it.

Life is unfair, isn't it?

12:32 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

Brillian as always dear Rel!! I think this teaches us a lesson to always be prepared for the unexpected...never know when your chance to shine will happen! Hope you're having a wonderful day my friend! xox

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I always felt bad for understudies. Wonderful little story! HUGS

1:32 PM  
Blogger Patois said...

Delightful tale, indeed.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Fifi LePew said...

the only post I've seen so far with "wings" as a verb.

Thanks for the afternoon chuckle.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

This was great Rel, but I am waiting for the rest of the story! Do tell me more.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

To undervalue one's position as understudy for most of one's life, leading one to have to "wing" it, unprepared when the starring role presents itself -- you've really got me thinking, Rel! We can always count on a unique perspective! Thank you.

9:03 PM  
Blogger strauss said...

This was a great post on the wings theme. Just goes to show, we have to be prepared for anything.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

The stuff of nightmares for Mr Lebeau! Nice wings, though, whose are they?

11:07 PM  
Blogger Kat Campbell said...

Wonderful Rel, I love this morality tale.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I think it sounds like many a nightmare that I've had. :)

Loved the tale.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Churlita said...

Nice take on the wing post. You always have such an interesting perspective.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous KG said...

It's interesting how life throws "opportunities" at us that makes us grow our wings REAL fast.

As with all of your writing, I see a bigger story picture at work here. The character begins to be strongly crafted...

1:07 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

I hope Lebeau remember his lines! He had to wing it and fly close to the wind?

I've always wondered if it was a new play that no one knew, it wouldn't matter much what one said...you could make it up as you go along if you forgot the words and couldn't see the 'prompt'! ;)

1:52 AM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

A great example of irony in a nutshell!

10:56 PM  
Blogger giggles said...

Rel, incredible work. First thing I thought of with this prompt was "wing it"! I was mesmerized by each word you wrote....drawing me further in....ending on a staccato note....excellent!

Hugs Sherrie

1:04 AM  

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