The Potent Force

Bridget Webber
Apr 28, 2019 · 2 min read

A goose on the skyline. It touches the horizon and honks. I toy with the idea it felt a bump. It skimmed a ridge, or the saffron sunset burned its feathers while blue oxygen cooled its wings.

When out of sight, I muse it falls over the edge into the stars. It whirls into a black hole, feathers shaken loose by the force of the vortex, and arrives bare the other side.

As a city dweller, I played the ‘turn around people’ game, and it worked without fail. Just bore a hole with your gaze into someone’s back and they must spin on their heels and look for you. Their survival urge kicks in when you pretend they are your prey.

I stare at the sky and wait for something up there to notice me. A plane, perhaps, with packed seats. Someone in second-class will get the urge to glance out the window below and not know it was me who made them do it. Or, a woman in the first-class section will spill her champagne as my powers jolt her hands.

Three feathers drift to my feet. That’s it. I’ve done it. I attract the goose-coat like the jam-side of toast to kitchen slabs. The rest will follow, any minute now. I scour the fluffy clouds. The plumes in them will make them explode.

My husband yells.

“Are you coming in soon? The news is on TV. They say a plane collided with a large bird near here a moment ago.”

“I know,” I answer in my imaginary conversation. “I did it.”

“Not again!” He smirks. “Can’t you take a day off?”

I sigh. “I can’t help it. I’m a potent force.”


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Bridget Webber

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Freelance writer, counselor, hypnotherapist, and neuro-linguistic programmer interested in emotional intelligence and empowerment for increased wellbeing.

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