Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Gliding In"

This is the linkback for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It was spillover from the August 15, 2017 fishbowl and the August Creative Jam.  It was inspired by prompts from DW users Antisocialite_forum, Zeeth_kyrah, and Curiosity.  It also fills the "WILD CARD: flight" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.


Gliding In

Kellin Sawyer had always
been a little bit different.

He collected model airplanes
and loved flying squirrels.

He even described himself
as Otherkin and had illustrations
of his fursona as a flying squirrel.

It wasn't until a medical exam
turned up an anomaly that Kellin
learned he had a tiny bit of DNA
matching that of a flying squirrel.

It didn't show up visibly anywhere else --
but when he studied how to use
a squirrel suit with a parachute,
it showed in his instincts.

Kellin had an exceptional knack
for feeling the air around him and
using his suit's membranes to steer
so that he could land in places that
a parachute alone could not reach.

He decided to make use of that by
taking courses for EMT, firefighting,
and police work so that he knew how
to handle a wide range of emergencies.

In Montana, which had a lot of wilderness
but not many people, a guy who could deal
with any kind of crisis was super useful.

If he sometimes wore the furry kind
of squirrel suit on the weekends at
Otherkin events, well, nobody cared.

* * *

Notes:

Kellin Sawyer -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short brown hair. He works as a first responder in Montana. He has basic training for EMT, firefighter, and police work so that he can handle a wide variety of jobs. This makes him highly useful in a state with a lot of wilderness but not many people. He also has a fursona as a flying squirrel among Otherkin.
Origin: He was apparently born with a tiny portion of flying squirrel DNA, but nobody knows how it got there. He always had an interest in flight and flying squirrels, even considering himself Otherkin. The genetic aspect doesn't show visibly, only in his exceptional instincts for gliding. Nobody even noticed it until it showed up on a medical exam.
Uniform: On duty, he uses a squirrel suit to glide out of airplanes into situations where a parachute alone might not suffice to hit the target, then uses a parachute for final braking. Under that he has a practical jumpsuit matching his current assignment. Off duty, he likes outdoorsy men's clothes. He also has a flying squirrel fursuit for Otherkin events.
Qualities: Expert (+4) First Responder, Expert (+4) Gliding, Good (+2) Conversation, Good (+2) Courage, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence
Poor (-2) Claustrophobic
Powers: Average (0) Flying Squirrel DNA
Motivation: Get in there and save the day.

* * *

Flying squirrels actually glide.

A squirrel suit or wingsuit is a garment made to catch the air, allowing a human to glide.
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