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Flying Away-Flash Fiction by Jerry Vilhotti
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Illo by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

Flying Away


by Jerry Vilhotti


Ever since I’d known my parents they bickered: always taking opposite sides of an issue, using their words like needles against one another, as if mending all the bad things they had done to one another, hoping a new whole cloth would emerge.

I had to wait until I was nineteen, when I left to marry my love of loves, who managed through her full meaning of love, to rid me of ninety percent of my macho man, to down to forty percent that a man could love almost as much a woman could.

I realized a woman could mourn better than a man when my Linda Ann passed away. She is in my mind, soul, and heart every day and will be till the day I fly away in a plane I wanted, but my father could not buy me, due to his being laid off.

I flew in my imaginary plane all over the East Bronx, and into my love's gentle arms in Connecticut.

Jerry Vilhotti (jvilhotti@optimum.net) graduated from the only college that won the NIT and NCCA basketball tournaments in the same year, but more importantly than that, Jonas Salk, who helped rid some of the world of polio with his vaccine, was also given the opportunity to contribute to Mankind and graduated from the same NYC College that’s called in some circles: “The poor man’s Harvard.” This, and the fact that there was a place of higher learning that indeed gave every race, nationality, and creed an opportunity to play in the game of sculpting a better world, gives him greater pleasure, and as good fortune would have it, a nice publisher has accepted two collections of his: Gods Depicting Pastime (You have to like, or dislike, baseball to enjoy), and Specks in the Eyes of Seeing, that follows a toddler's journey into manhood. He thanks you for your time and dedication….

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017