Written for Trifecta: Week Eighty-Five. Story begins after the image.
A Bunch of Newtons
Akari had seen things all her life. Shadows and hints of shape that no one else saw. She learned early on not to tell anyone about it. Too many visits to shrinks had taught her that lesson. So when she first saw “Icarus” and no one else did, she stayed quiet about it.
It was solid. Apparently an advanced alien device. Shaped like a broad, flat leaf four feet across, it was slightly thicker in the middle and sported robotic appendages on its underside. They functioned as hands when it floated, legs when it walked. It talked to her too, and no one else heard it.
Walking home alone from the bar after arguing with her friend, she was thankful for that feature.
“It’s not safe to walk alone at night,” chided Icarus.
“I’m not alone. I have you, Icarus.”
A large man, wearing clothes tattered from life on the street, stepped out from a hedge and blocked her path. He held out his hand. “Spare some change, rich girl?”
Akari hooked a thumb over her shoulder, “Sorry. Spent my last dime at the bar.” Without missing a stride, she stepped around him.
He snatched her arm in a strong grip. “You need to give me somethin’, rich girl.”
“Better fly while you still can.”
“I ain’t going nowhere til you give me somethin’, sweet cheeks.”
Akari rolled her eyes. Unimpressed. Her fit physique had drawn unwanted attention before. “Careful. My invisible friend might punch you.”
The man chuckled menacingly. “Not taking your pills, eh? This could be fun.”
The man sailed back over the hedge and landed like a sack of potatoes, out cold. He’d probably have a concussion. Icarus could punch really hard.
Akari peered over the hedge. “I guess he flew after all.” she murmured. “I hope you didn’t kill him.”
“After scanning, I computed he could withstand 320 newtons of force.”
“Yeah, Newton was a nerd. It would take a bunch of Newtons to knock out anybody.”
This week’s Trifecta writing challenge is to write between 33 and 333 words including the third definition of “fly” (to be moved with sudden extreme emotion). Anyone can join and write. The original prompt may be found here: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2013/07/trifecta-week-eighty-five.html