The Ramblings Inside My Creative Mind: Cupid or Fairy?

        I’ve seen some strange things in my life. It could be things from my reality or the fact that, ever since I was a child, I’ve had a very active imagination.
        Once, when I was about five years old, I saw what I could only describe as a fairy or maybe cupid. I was riding in the car with my parents. We were on our way to the drive in to see “Coming to America”. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was midsummer and extremely hot outside. Like most families in the 80s our car had a leather interior that stuck to you whenever it was hot out so it was nice to feel the wind through the open window. As that sun was going down I stared out of the window when I saw something larger than an average fly zoom past my face and into the car. I was more interested than scared, which would explain why I didn’t call out to my mom to look at this thing hovering over my lap. I’ll describe it as only my childhood brain processed it as. It was in the shape of a small human. Again it was only slightly larger that a horsefly. Even for it to be that small I could notice human facial features. It had tightly coiled short hair and chubby just like any drawing you’ve seen of cupid. The weird part is that it looked like it was holding a tiny bow and arrow. Although it was hovering over me I don’t clearly remember seeing any wings. The only other way I described his appearance back then is that he looked like his/her body was the texture of a pencil eraser. You know those ones that we all had as kids that were bought separately? It was almost a similar color as well. It wasn’t bright pink, but it also wasn’t flesh colored either. I would say its color was more of a light rose or possibly even mauve. It was an even color all over from its hair to its feet.
        As we drove along I stared at this creature. It would hover close to me then back away and kept repeating that motion. Eventually I got the nerve to shoo it away like I would any normal fly. It seemed as though it flew out of the window, but soon after it came back and hovered over my lap again. It kept inching closer and closer until it stuck me with its tiny arrow. I shooed it away again. It backed up slightly then came back and stuck me again before flying away for good. I checked my arm for marks, but found none. I searched around to see if it had hidden somewhere nearby in the car but it hadn’t. More importantly I stared at the rear view mirror to see if my parents had been watching. They hadn’t. I was the only one to see this creature. To this day, almost 30 years later, I haven’t seen anything like it. I haven’t told many people about it, but it still sticks out in my mind all of these years later. Still I wonder if it was something that I’d actually seen or was it possibly some sort of fly I’d never seen before and my imagination just ran with it. Until I see it again I will never know.

-Asia Aneka Anderson, 2016©

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