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a short story

A chapter in the book Worlds

Caterpillar World 10

by Bill Schott

The darkness was all he seemed to know. His life before had faded from memory.

As he struggled today though, there seemed to be some give in the opaque envelope that embraced him. A seam of light sliced through. He was able to stretch and push away the imprisoning membrane. Freedom -- at last.

Crawling out from the swaddled environment, he could finally extend his legs, stretch out his notched torso, and spread fully his delicate, but tremendous wings.

As he expanded his body fully, straddling the leafy branch, the magnificence of his form drew attention from all witnessing this rising monarch.

The envious beetle looked on, knowing his own drab existence would never change. A spider nodded to the beautiful creature, hoping one day to have a closer encounter. Lastly, the blue jay flew by and snatched the newly metamorphosed butterfly into its beak, and swallowed.

First flight would be within the blue bird's belly.

The beetle paused, pondering the price of beauty. Building his web, the spider sighed, already missing the meeting that would never occur. In a nest, in another tree, hungry fledglings awaited the meal that was emerging from mother's loving beak.

Nearby, a caterpillar inched along the ground, mindless of the drama above. Its only care was to fulfill its destiny, by reaching a high branch and weaving the blanket of promise.


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