Icarus Syndrome

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Icarus Syndrome

Post by normsherman » Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:17 am

Icarus Syndrome


Stanley was born with wings. By the time he was eleven they had fully developed and were impossible to hide. The kids at his school were scared and taunted him at first- they called him pigeon boy. Later, during high school, the fear turned to awe.
“Can you fly?” They asked relentlessly.
“I don’t think so- mom says I should never try.”
“Screw your mom!” they cried. “You always said she was too clingy anyways- you outa’ try!”
When Stanley turned 17 he tried to fly for the first time. He broke his spine and later died in the hospital.


Stanley’s mom screamed as she held her baby for the first time.
“My son’s a mutant!”
The doctor consoled her. “No Mrs. Hildegard, your son has a rare genetic malformation called Icarus Syndrome.”
“It’s hideous! How could this happen?”
“He’s a healthy, baby boy Mrs. Hildegard- aside from the malformation.
“Can you remove them?”
“Not at this early stage- it would be too dangerous. But you must always keep a careful eye on him. Never let him from your sight.”
“Don’t you think he will push me away?”
“A mother can never be too close to her son, Mrs. Hildegard”
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Post by Richmazzer » Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:20 am

Son...Sun....Icarus....I get it....

Nice. :-)

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Post by thebrog » Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:30 am

what a fool, why didn't he just take off from the ground to be safe?

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Re: Icarus Syndrome

Post by ROU Killing Time » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:35 pm

I've been going back in the pages to remind myself of where this sub-forum all began.

The theme of this reminds me of a highly regarded alphabetical story, recently featured on DC.

(Similar, but upside down, and with a broken back...)
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Re: Icarus Syndrome

Post by Phenopath » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:16 pm

Indeed, and now we know where that Pratt fellow gets all of his ideas! Stop thief!
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Re: Icarus Syndrome

Post by F5iver » Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:19 am

I love the backward story-telling.
Loved it in "Betrayal."
Loved it in "Memento."

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Re: Icarus Syndrome

Post by TheJebi » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:38 am

thebrog wrote:what a fool, why didn't he just take off from the ground to be safe?
He might have taken off from the ground, and then started to fall after gaining some altitude.

Richmazzer wrote:Son...Sun....Icarus....I get it....

Nice. :-)

I agree, very witty.

I enjoyed this allot, nicely done.
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