Float Like a Butterfly. Sting like a Bee.

Friday Fictioneers –  2nd March Prompt

“Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee.”

Twenty years ago, they carried Mikey out in a black bag.
A wasted young life.
We were just kids, dreaming of; “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”.
I had won the County lightweight title, we were elated, but Mikey was pissed off and jealous. He exerted his temper by hitting out.
Our coach calmed him, but Mikey broke his nose. Mikey hit me, knocking a tooth out.
It was my skipping rope knotted around Mikey’s throat.
I DID NOT do it. The judge didn’t care.
The place looks the same, I’ve changed. “What a waste of a young life”.

21 responses to “Float Like a Butterfly. Sting like a Bee.

  1. Fascinating story-telling.. 😎🥀😎🥀😎🥀

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  2. More than one life wasted. Good take.

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  3. That repeated line, with the change in meaning, works really well.

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  4. So sad… Two wasted young lives. So sad indeed.

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  5. It sounds like several lives were wasted. Good story, James!

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  6. Powerful!

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  7. Great story-telling. And such a waste indeed.

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  8. Dear James,

    Haunting story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  9. What a sad, sad story. So well-written.

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  10. A grim tale, and all too true in some places. Nice one!

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  11. A good rendering of envy and aggression in a violent environment – and their consequences.

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  12. Love the repeated phrase with the different meaning. A tragic story for both of these men.

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  13. I wonder who really did do it. Such a waste for such a promising start in life.

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  14. Great storytelling.

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  15. Two wasted lives… there are so few at the top… success is built on thousand of failures.

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  16. Angry young men indeed. Sometimes I don’t think they realize their strength.

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  17. A sad waste of life and potential. Well told James

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  18. Loved how you started this story. Such a sad story about anger and wasted lives.

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