Document 127

Whit a Fleg!!

Author(s): Robert Fairnie

Copyright holder(s): Robert Fairnie


GEORDIE Jooks wis feart. He didnae ken whit in the warld wis happenin tae him. He juist kent he wis feart an it wis thon kinna fear that gruppit his thrapple ticht wi cauld hard baned haunds. He gaithert up aw his maucht tae let oot a michtie yowl but the grup on his thrapple wis ower ticht an aw that cam oot wis a kinna whispert peelie-wallie groan. This frichtened Geordie aw the mair for he didnae ken whae’s vice it wis that cam oot his mooth. It wisnae the yin he wis expeckin an he juist kent that it wisnae his ain. A muckle swall o blin terrification sweeshed ower his hail bein an he makit anither muckle maucht, this time, tae warsle hissel free fae the airn grup on his thrapple but he cuidnae move a muscle an, the mair he tried, the mair his hail bodie felt juist lik a stookie. He cuidnae move a finger or onie ither pairt o his bodie aw, that is, excep his een. He cuid move his een. Strecht aheid, he cuid see naethin but mirk tho whiles, oot the corners o his een, he cuid see lik wee sperks o licht fleein by.

Geordie felt his body wis deid fae the thrapple doon an it wisnae awaur o oniethin, but his een wis tellin him, bi the wey the wee lichts wis movin, that he wis fawin intae a muckle mirkie naethin. Noo he cuid see wee coloured lichts afore him as weel as tae the side an thae yins wis gaun oot an in as they gaed by.

The haund on his thrapple wisnae thare onie mair an Geordie cuidnae mind it gaun awa. He cuidnae mind aither hou he haed gotten intae this seetiation an a wheen o oorie antrin thochts kep on fleein in an oot his heid as his een stertit tae feel blin wi sleep…..wis this whit it felt lik tae be deein? …….UFO’s? …….. ALIENS? …… ABDUCTIONS? ……. DWAM? Geordie crinched his teeth thegither an tried tae wauken up. The lichts afore his een got brichter an he crinched his teeth aw the mair. He stertit tae feel his chafts bitin harder an thocht if he didnae stap, his teeth micht brek but the mair he tried tae stap, the mair he crinched till shuir eneuch his teeth gied wey an aw the lichts afore him explodit in a muckle bleeze o colour.

Geordie kent he wis deid noo, but haud on – whit wis thae twa white craiturs hingin in the air afore his een? War they angels, michty Aliens? He felt he wis in some kinna chaumer an the souch o the place wis gey misty lik haein a haar inside the hoose. The twa craiturs wis lik bogles wi muckle big heids, bumflie een, wee airms an wee shanks. For the first time Geordie felt his hert lowpin in his chist an he wis awaur o the feelin comin back intae his ain airms an shanks an o the sun glentin abuin his heid.

The twa craiturs wis leukin strecht at him noo an cam ower nearer, thair heids camshauchelt lik ye wis leukin at thaim throu the end o a ginger bottle. Yin o thaim pit a haund forrit an gruppit Geordie bi the shoother an the orra thing wis that, tho it juist hid a wee haund on the end o its airm, as the haund wis gittin nearer tae him, it got bigger an bigger till, bi the time it grippit his shoother, it wis muckle.

It wis mair nor a shoogle. The haund fair dirlt his shoother an yin o the craiturs stertit tryin tae communicate. It wis aw fremmit noises tae Geordie’s lugs then, o a suddentie an glamourie like, the soonds stertit tae kythe intae words that he kent.

“Weel Geordie, ye’ll no hae onie mair bother wi that tuith.”

Geordie leukit up an seen the dentist’s licht abuin his heid.

“Thank Guidness!” he thocht, “Whit a fleg tae gie oniebodie!”

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Whit a Fleg!!


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 3-5

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2001
Word count 684

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Prose: fiction


Author details

Author id 95
Forenames Robert
Surname Fairnie
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment College
Age left school 16
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Consultant Marine Structural Engineer (Retired)
Place of birth Musselburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
Birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Musselburgh
Region of residence Midlothian
Residence CSD dialect area midLoth
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Fisherman
Father's place of birth Musselburgh
Father's region of birth Midlothian
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Fishwife
Mother's place of birth Musselburgh
Mother's region of birth Midlothian
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area midLoth
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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English Yes Yes Yes Yes At work
German Yes Yes Yes Yes In Germany to communicate with two grandsons
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Wherever Scots is understood