Forty Percent Lightning Bolts


I grew up on Ficlets. There, the writer inside me had a home. I'm a teacher now, and a 4th grader who reminds me so much of myself asked, "Why don't you share your writing with us?" So, I come tentatively, searching for a place to stretch my writing muscles again.

"The average human being is about 40 percent mitochondria by biomass," you said. "Mitochondria are wicked tiny, but their job is to produce energy, right. Like, tons of it. Well, it's tiny in our perspective, but if you were their size, it's like a lightning bolt going off every second."


You continue into the air, "So, you're forty percent lightning bolts."

That was both the best and the worst thing I have ever heard come out of your mouth.

Did you notice the 15 year old three chairs down, his acne-marked jaw growing slacker with every word?

Of course not. Does anybody see these things but me? Do you even look at people when you come to group? Are you noticing us at all?

God, you're infuriating.


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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

The counselor/group leader who doesn't seem interested in his charges..sad. The switch between 'you' and 'me' threw me off at first, had to re-read to get it.

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I had a similar difficulty telling exactly whose perspective this was from. But it is a very fun exchange regardless.

I'm my head it was a student who said "So you're 40% lighting bolts".

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