13 October 1999
further adventures of tinyman
tinyman climbs to the top of the wobbly stepladder on
the roof of the apartment building, knees knocking. with his tiny powers,
his tiny vision, and his tiny sense tingling, he detects trouble on
the other side of the world. he reaches up, and touches the tips of
his fingers together.
knocking the ladder over, he jumps, and awkwardly manages
to rise into the air, arms flailing in an attempt to stabilize and not
tumble head over heels.
finally he straightens out and passes over the edge of
the building over the street many stories below. trying hard to not
look down, tinyman flies to iraq. he can sense that there is a kitten
stuck in a tree in baghdad. his tiny instincts tell him this. over the
ocean he flies, like a dodo bird.
tinyman lands in the tree and hurts himself. the kitten
is silent and eyes him without interest. a child below shrieks with
surprise, thinking that the tiny man in the tights is an american bomb
at first, an american paratrooper second, a dinasaur third.
tinyman doesn't speak arabic but recognizes the word for
"pterodactal". fuming, and slightly dizzy, he imagines how
well things could have gone, if only...