The Disappointing Return

Photo by: Yinglan Z.

Everyone knows about The Devil’s Triangle, but few heard of The Harrowing Hexagon. Army pilot, Greg Handy, accidentally flew his trainer aircraft into it and entered a strange shimmering cloud in 1941.

Transported to an alternate world, he landed on a remote Pacific island, loaded with beautiful island girls. A disease had killed off most of the men. Add to it, only one in five births produced a boy. To restock their men, these lovely women needed to get pregnant, and often.

Greg rose to the occasion, and did his very best to help out, contientious soul that he was. One day the same cloud returned and sent him back to his home, although in 2018.

He hadn’t aged much in the islands and was biologically in his thirties.

He soon learned about virulently polarized politics, terrorism, and mass school shootings. A reporter learned of his amazing story and asked him, “You must have many questions about this new and amazing modern world. What would you ask?”

He stared with bloodshot eyes. “How do I get back?”
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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/fffaw-challenge-167th/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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34 Responses to The Disappointing Return

  1. James Pyles says:

    Where is this strange, shimmering cloud of which you speak? πŸ˜€

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    I think there will be a queue, I’m all set to go when you locate that cloud! πŸ™‚

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  3. Varad says:

    From heaven, back to hell. Nicely done, EA.

    Psst: I’d pay you top dollar for revealing the cloud’s location to me πŸ˜›

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    • EagleAye says:

      Right? I feel sorry for the guy.

      I’ll put you on the list. This is a “pay to play” organization. We’ll need $300,000 up front. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

      Thanks much, Varad! πŸ™‚

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  4. Hahahahaha! Sounds like he was in his heaven on the island and was transported back to hell! Poor guy, what a shock! LOL! Great story, Eagle Aye!

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  5. Mike says:

    A truly sad story, for all good things are sadly missed

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    • EagleAye says:

      It is a sad one when you think how much he lost. The modern world with all it’s labor-saving gadgets, sadly, just didn’t measure up. Thanks Michael!

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  6. draliman says:

    Full marks to Greg, very civil-minded of him to put his own feelings aside to help those beautiful island girls. He really rose to the occasion πŸ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s the sort of fellow he his. Always giving. Despite the great needs of the island girls, he maintained a stiff upper lip…among other things. πŸ˜‰

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  7. I would hate to go away 30 years ago and come back today… it is a sad and dangerous world we live in right now… in so many ways. :-/

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  8. Your comments seem to have come mostly from enthusiastic men. Now that all the babies born on the island are half-brothers and sisters, a few other males better land there to diversify the gene pool a bit. πŸ˜‰

    Otherwise your post and Courtney’s comment have led me to some historical musing. Since 1939, with the exception of the US, the world had been at war for two years, after finally pulling out of the 1929 Stock Market collapse and the 1930-37 Great Depression. In the 1930s many countries fell before the Nazi war machine and Britain now was fighting for survival. Today’s world would jolt him, but at least the war is over.
    We see the problems of our age and tend to think we have it tough, but we haven’t lived through times others have lived through. We’re in an age of disrespect for authority like the world probably hasn’t seen before, but In so many ways our world is so much safer. (I say that as a Canadian; nuts here don’t blast away with military assault weapons.)

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    • EagleAye says:

      I think you’re right. We men are dogs, it’s the way nature made us. And yeah, just one guy fathering all those babies isn’t enough genetic diversity. He’ll need some help, and I doubt he’ll have trouble getting volunteers.

      You also raise some good points. We haven’t gone through a great depression nor a world war. What rankles is that most of our problems are of our own doing. The age of disrespect is a good name for it. It’s also a time of carelessness for our fellow men. People say the most horrible things in mass media. We should be in an enlightened time, but there are holdouts for the old ways of racism an sexism. It just bugs me that we have the tools to know better but we don’t.

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  9. List of X says:

    I’m not really sure that going back is a good idea. The first step in getting the island repopulated might be fun – but even then, it’s the least fun if you’re intentionally trying to make a baby, as you have to be watching the calendar, the clock, the cycles, the periods, and certain positions and types of sex are obviously out.
    And then comes changing the diapers, and you have to spend more time with your son, Greg, and I’m doing everything in our house, Greg, and are you cheating on me, Greg, and is there another son of yours that we can arrange a playdate with, Greg, and you need to go get more fish for your son, Greg, and I don’t care you’re tired from all the sex, Greg, and we need to build a bigger bungalow cause we’re getting another one, Greg, and by “we”, I mean you, Greg, and why are you running away, Greg, and don’t go into this strange cloud, Greg, and where…
    No, I think it’s better for him to come back. Just give him a smartphone with the Tinder app and he’ll be fine.

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    • EagleAye says:

      There’s no doubt he’ll be a busy boy. Given all he had to do, he probably won’t live past 50, but at least he’ll never be bored, and he’ll never have to worry about corrupt politicians. πŸ˜‰

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  10. LOL. I enjoyed this story. Having lived in the PacificI know it isn’t all making babies and being pampered but I have to say I’d prefer it to what he went back to. The depression and the war weren’t fun but people still seemed to have hope – these days I think hope is fading.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I’ve visited the Philippines several times. The food is great and the people are wonderful. This story stems from the times when I felt I just wanted to stay there. I think hope is still strong here, it just seems like, as a society, we’re going through an adolescent, hormonal stage. We’re becoming so impulsive, we’ve become self-destructive. Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks much!

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      • I can understand that. It made me think though of our differences in perception. Coming from Australia we wouldn’t think of the Phillipines as Pacific although of course they are. The Pacific to us are the small islands like Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu whereas the Phillipines we would group with Asia. I love finding these differences of perception which come about when we blog.
        I hope we can grow up soon.

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      • EagleAye says:

        And that’s what is so fun about meeting people from different countries. The human experience is a rainbow. If we never look outside our own country, all we’ll ever see is a monotone.

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  11. athling2001 says:

    Poor guy. I can imagine him flying around and around for hours looking for that cloud. Great story.

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  12. mandibelle16 says:

    I missed reading your posts. They always make me laugh. β€œHe rose to the occasion.” I bet lol. But, I can’t blame him, if it were the reverse, and I didn’t have to give birth, I’d want to go back too. Sex and relationships maybe complicated, but there are things in this modern world much worse and much more uncomprehendible. Mass shootings for one, another one, the status quo, doesn’t change. Poor guy,

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    • EagleAye says:

      I missed having you visit. Welcome back! I’m glad you could see his point of view. If you could make major, positive changes for a society and to do that that you only needed to live a simple life and fu…have fun all day, wouldn’t that be great? Who knows? He might also be missing his kids…all 52 of them. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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