Flash Fiction: Bird in a Girl Suit

She was a bird in a girl suit. Feathers gleaming gold and greedy in the light, sleek and dangerous in the dark. Covered in skin and blood and viscous tissue, hidden away from the world like some unspoken sin, something worth forgetting. But she was a bird in a girl suit, born to fly, to take flight, a bird who forgot how to be a bird. And no one reminded her. No one remembered when she was a girl in a bird suit, a girl with gleaming golden feathers and a diamond sharp beak and blackened, glass eyes. No one remembered when she was a girl in a bird suit, when she would take flight as if breathing, as if they were one and the same. She’d leave the ground behind, let the wind carry her aloft, forget that she had the heart of a girl and that girl hearts, while beautiful in flight, must eventually come back down.

Golden_Eagle_feathersNo one remembered when she was a girl in a bird suit and she’d take the golden sunset sky under her golden sunset wing and embrace it as a lover, embrace it as a thing long lost, now found. No one remembered when her golden wings would bristle and shake and drop downy golden feathers into the laps of children, onto the heads of unsuspecting people who didn’t understand the value of what they’d just been given. No one remembered that her song was a gift to the morning, a melody that could induce tears and riotous laughter without warning.That it mended broken hearts and broke some, too. That it could be grasped with tentative, shaking fingers and spun into strands of pale gold thread.

No one remembered when she was a girl in a bird suit. The golden feathers were tucked away, slowly tarnishing under the slick weight of blood and muscle, the gleam dulled beneath layers of pink, fragile skin. She was a bird in a girl suit, no longer free, no longer golden, no longer singing. She was a bird underneath the weight of her body, but she couldn’t remember how to fly. Couldn’t remember what her dangerous feathers looked like.

And then she found the zipper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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