Freddy the Fly and the Other Side

FREDDIE THE FLY AND THE OTHER SIDE is an approximately 340-word short story about trying to enjoy less than God intends for you, until God shows you the true gift of life.

Have fun reading this story out loud to yourself or the kids around you, with it’s Zzzlurp, zzzlurp, zzzlurps, and Freddie’s “fazzzter than the birds, fazzzter than the wind” repetition. Reading out loud FREDDIE THE FLY AND THE OTHER SIDE also lets kids guess where Freddie is located in the house or what animals he is by–like the bow-wowzer!

FREDDIE THE FLY AND THE OTHER SIDE

A picture book manuscript by Sarah Puppe

To Chris, and all you’ve done for so many

From beneath the closed doors of a large house, the scents of fragrant flowers and cracked open watermelon drifted inside. Freddie the fly rubbed his wings together.

“I’m hungry! Time for a zzznack!” he said. He zoomed in the direction of the delicious scents.

“I’m fazzzter than the birds! I’m fazzzter than the wind. I’m fazzzter than . . .”

BOUNCY-BOING! Instead of flowers and watermelons, he bounced against an invisible wall.

“Owzzzie!” he said, wiggling his legs in the air. Clear glass separated Freddie from yummy snacks. He tried to zoom through it a second time.

BOUNCY-BOING! He landed on his back and wiggled his legs again.

Freddie squinted his bug eyes. He had to find a way to get outdoors. He flew up. He flew  to the left, then to the right. Nothing changed.

Sadly, he zig-zagged into the kitchen and found an old banana peel. Zzzlurp, zzzlurp, zzzlurp. Yuck! Then Freddie found a rotting grape. “It’zzz better than nothing!” Freddie said.

Zzzlurp, zzzlurp, zzzlurp. Yuck. He looked outside at the watermelons. “Ooooh, thozzze are still what I really want,” Freddie said, and sighed a bug’s sigh.

“Bow-wow!” A creature barked and ran past.

Freddie thought, “If I follow that bow-wowzzzer, I’ll reach the other zzzide for my perfect meal.”

Freddie flew fazzzter than the birds, fazzzter than the wind, fazzzter than . . .

Swoosh! The creature’s tail whacked Freddie like a bat hits a baseball. He tumbled through the air and landed on his back. He wiggled his legs. He said, “Zzzo much for that idea.”

Then a bigger and stronger creature passed by. It touched a knob and pushed a door to a crack, then a crevice, and then a wide-open gap. The outdoors appeared brightly. Here was Freddy’s chance!

Fazzzter than the birds, fazzzter than the wind, fazzzter than zzzwish, zzzwash, zzzwoop.

Freddie flew past the glass, around the creature, and into a glorious, beauteous, wonderful day to finally reach. . . the tasty treats of fragrant flowers and cracked open watermelon.

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