Friday, April 16, 2021

Bat Chat by Elaine Peters

 ‘Why are you upside down?’

I couldn’t see where the squeaky little voice was coming from but it was definitely addressing me, because there was no one else around.  Turning slowly in a full circle I surveyed the floor and the walls of the cave carefully. 

On a high bit of rock in a gloomy corner, I spotted a little upside down face with bright eyes watching me.  It had big ears and delicate leathery wings folded around itself like a monk’s cloak.

‘Did you speak to me?’ I asked, feeling a little foolish.

‘Obviously,’ was the reply.  ‘There’s no one else here so unless you are very dim you will realise that I did.’  It smiled then, showing sharp little teeth.

‘Well, it is very dim in here,’ I replied huffily.  ‘In fact I would say it’s quite dark.  Another thing, you are the one who’s upside down.  I assure you, I am standing upright on my own two feet.’

‘It’s a matter of perspective,’ came the retort. ‘If you are on my patch you are the one out of kilter.  Stands to reason.  But we do have some similarities!’  A sound like a snigger emerged.

Before I could engage in further conversation a fellow-explorer called from the entrance.

‘Come along Ears, we’ve got another site to visit before the bus comes.’  

Old school friends can be so cruel even when we’re grown up.  I suppose I’m lucky they dropped the ‘Bat’.  Or worse, they could call me Batty.  I wouldn’t mind Batman but I’m not sure my new friend would approve.

 

© Elaine Peters

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