Flies Persist in Persisting …

Sep 27, 2013 by     Comments Off on Flies Persist in Persisting …    Posted under: Adam Drew This, Brian Wrote This, Fiction
When Brian sent me the “Persistence of Flies” story, I think what he wanted was a story in comic form* … which I totally didn’t do.  So here it is now … a silent comic to go with Brian’s words.

The Persistence of Flies
France, in the summer, is the persistence of flies.  They follow me wherever I go.  I check into my hotel in a sleepy old town a half-hour from Épernay and throw the windows open. The room is stuffy and high-ceilinged.

The flies are inside in moments, fat ones that ricochet off the mirrors, and smaller ones that zag in irregular arcs in the middle of the room.  They remind me of death and decay, and make me wonder what I’ve gotten myself into.

…happily ever after.  The End.

*Actually, that’s not what I wanted. I was happy with a few illustrations that kinda suggested a story. I was interested to see what it would suggest to you. Horror? Crime? This, however, is delightful, and deserves to be inked and colored. Should’ve known you’d find a way to do a happy ending, though. — Brian

The ol’ “romantic honeymoon” that turns out to be a disaster. I’m not saying I’ve ever had this much bad stuff happen in one trip, but at various times I have been…

  • put into a “2 person” hotel room with a twin bed …
  • had a breathtaking view of a dumpster …
  • sat on a toilet sideways because the wall was too close for my legs …
  • been kept awake by insects …
  • rained on …
  • the museum I wanted to go to was closed the only day I was in town …
  • there was no way to get anywhere because the people who run the trains/buses/planes were on strike …
  • stepped in poop in very fancy neighborhoods …
  • sat in a beautiful place covered in trash …
  • yelled at the one I love …
  • had my credit card rejected …
  • walked with all my luggage because I couldn’t afford a cab …
  • been chased out of a park by police …
  • aaaaand … slept overnight in an airport.

I have never been kicked out of a hotel.  (Yet.)

But at the end of the day, crummy vacations usually make for great stories.  And you become closer to anyone who suffers through the vacation with you.

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