The Flight of the Baby Hummingbird
by Patrizia Mombille
The golden rays of the sun creeped up to my eyes. I slowly stretched my dull brown wings and breathed in the cold dawn. I looked up and smiled, the sky was turning into its usual sapphire blue as the sun lazily rose from the waves of the ocean. I scooted to the left to snuggle up to my mother's warm side. Nothing! I only felt the soft edge of our nest. No mother.
I turned around and only saw my brother's body slowly moving, still asleep I hoped. I looked at the nearby trees that were full of squirrels. I looked down to see the sand mocking me with its bright colors. I squinted my eyes, still no sign of mother. I started to cry, trying to remember my colorful mother.
When the sun was high in the sky, touching the puffball clouds way up high, I realized that I had to leave. I felt my instinct crawl up my spine as I started to flap my wings in the gentle breeze. I flapped my wings faster and faster, even as my brother stared at me with his chocolate brown eyes annoyingly. Then.....I jumped.
I felt the air rush past me as my wings picked up speed. Centimeters from the ground, I was picked up. I looked up, hoping to find mother but then I saw nobody. My brother stared at me from afar. The last thing I saw was the sun slipping back down under the waves.
After a while, I looked up at the black sky, alive with the bright shining stars. That is when I felt hungry and remembered the gentle touch of my mother. I landed near a garden filled with brightly colored flowers and my stomach grumbled again. I felt the familiar tingle up my spine as I flew to a pink flower. I stuck my tiny red tongue in. Sweet! It tasted so sweet! The flavors burst in my beak as I sucked in the nectar. Eventually the flower was empty. But I wanted more. I stayed until the moon disappeared and the sun rose. As I sluggishly began to leave, I suddenly got surrounded by a mysterious mesh net. "This is the end,"I thought.