Jungle Jane Junior

Avatar Author: ElshaHawk (LoA) "Read, Reply, Ficly, or Die!" -Krully Ficly Blogger-In-Chieftess I am a self-proclaimed member of the LoA (League of Awesomeness): Mistress of Well-Intentioned Indecision. Special Needs Teacher, wife, mother of ... Read Bio

I got the call on my radio at 6AM. I dressed with speed, praying the Jeep would run. Working in isolation from society was nice most days, but not when I was the only civilized one, a daughter of Jane Goodall.

There is no room for fear when approaching an accident. A space in the forest canopy revealed the crash landing site; a hole, burnt dark in the foliage. Death hung around this place like space around Mars. Technology did not belong here. Human Pride was a test to my patience while I pondered the loss of life in the biome.

Climbing higher into the foliage smelling of campfire, I spied a pilot’s ejected seat.

The wreckage creaked and smoldered, Earth far below. Ducking the sudden flight of parrots darting like startled bullets from the canopy I lost my grip.

The fuselage slipped above me as the tree swayed. In slow motion, a comedy of my worst fears played out in the darkness of my closed eyelids. My life passed my eyes in a metaphysical poem worthy of a philosophy major.

The safety line caught me.

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  1. Avatar BiC

    Wow. If I had known what my fellow Ficliteers could do, I would have made the challenge that of using all the tags! I like this story as it is, apart from its containing all (or forms of all) the tags. Maybe constraint, whether challenged or self-imposed, can be a muse of sorts?

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Great entry into the challenge! I like the overall theme of isolation that really ran quite strongly throughout the whole thing, including the very private near death moment. And even with all the tag inclusion, it makes a cohesive story and even suggests a larger world and story.

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    blushes But it feels good to get such high praise from you two. :) There are parts that bug me, but within the confines of the challenge, and the confines of ficly, it works.

  4. Avatar JonB

    I was slightly baffled by the death…space…Mars and the campfire foliage bit, until I realised that this was a challenge entry. So well done – a great, engaging little story in its own right.

  5. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    The plane crash burned a hole in the canopy in my mind. Eh, I made the words work.