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Up Where We Belong: Flash Fiction by cam With Movie Clip

Updated on July 2, 2016
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Chris has written more than 100 flash fiction/short stories.Working Vacation took 21st out of 6,700 in the 2016 Writer's Digest competition.

Author's Note

I was recently reading a hub by Catherine Giordano called Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees: 20 Questions …with Answers. It is a very informative hub, and I was particularly interested in the male bees known as drones. This little, hopefully amusing, story is the result.

Meet Navin

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Navin was a drone. That is not to say that he was a continuous low hum or a remote controlled airplane—although he could fly—but that he was a stingerless male honeybee who had but one purpose in life, which raises the issue of Navin's main problem at the moment.

Look at all the bees. Everybody's going here and going there, making stuff and, well, they’re busy. I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s been hours since I broke out of my egg, and I still don’t know who I am, where I fit in or what the purpose of my existence is. He continued to fly around the hive and hoped to find someone who could explain where his place was in this flurry of activity. He spied several young female bees who were engrossed in some project.

Up Where We Belong: Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

I think I’ll just fly over there and say hello. He approached the busy bees with a friendly smile.

“Hi. What are you doing?” said Navin.

“We’re making honey. What does it look like, drone?” said one of the worker bees.

“Oh, sorry, I should have introduced myself. The name is Navin….not, um, Drone.”

The females formed a circle around him. “What’s your problem….Navin?” she said.

“Well, you see,” he said, “I have no idea who I am, where I fit in or what the point is to my existence. Do you know?”

The same female spoke again. “Look, drone, get out of the hive, fly around between forty and two hundred feet off the ground and watch for a queen. If you see one, just do whatever comes natural.”

“Navin. The name’s Navin.”

“Go!”

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Navin went. He hated the feeling of having no more to do than fly around looking for a queen. He wasn’t even sure if he’d know one if he saw her. Maybe she’d be wearing a tiara. Navin saw a group of other young male bees. Could they answer his questions? When they saw him, they made a beeline right at him, going so fast, he thought they were attacking.

“Hello, Hello, excuse us sir,” said one. “We have some questions we were hoping you could help us with.”

“Questions? Well, I, uh….” Navin, of course, had only questions of his own, or so he thought.

“Great, thanks,” said the one. “So who are we? Where do we fit in? What is the point of our existence?”

Navin was shocked. These fellows didn’t know either. He repeated the only thing he had learned since he had crawled out of the tiny hole in the wax. “Get out of the hive, fly around between forty and two hundred feet off the ground and watch for a queen. If you see one, just do whatever comes natural.”

The other males were ecstatic. “Thank you so much, you’ll never know what this means to us.” The males were so excited, they began dancing.

Female bees swarmed around the males. “Where are they?” said one.

“Where are what?” said one of the drones.

“The flowers you were giving directions to,” she said

“There seems to be a misunderstanding. We weren’t showing the directions to flowers, we were dancing because we finally found out why we’re alive.” said the drone.

“You guys better split up and do what you’re supposed to be doing,” said the worker.

“We were just leaving to go fly around between forty and two hundred feet off the ground and watch for a queen. If we see one, we’ll just do whatever comes natural.”

“Perfect,” said the worker. “I’m sure the queen will be honored.”

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Navin was cruising at the appropriate altitude when he spied flowers. Look at the nice flowers on that tree. And they smell so good. He flew strait to one and sniffed while he hovered.

“What do you think you’re doing.” Another worker bee flew around the flower Navin was sniffing. He backed out and turned to face the female. “Look at you,” she said. “You’re covered with pollen. Have you been hanging out around the fermented honey cells?”

Navin didn’t want to stick around for the rest of the conversation, so he flew off on his own again.

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Day after day, week after week, he flew and tried not to get in anyone’s way. One day he saw her. He knew immediately she was a queen because she was so big, and she wore a tiara. Wow! Look at that stinger! He approached her cautiously.

The queen grabbed Navin and flew high into the sky where they stayed for quite some time.

Later, Navin drifted along with the summer breeze under his wings and a smile on his face. Finally, I understand. And he dropped to the ground, dead.

Steve Martin in the Jerk-Movie Clip-Navin's Special Purpose

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      Randa Awn Handler 2 months ago from USA

      Cute! And, yes it could be a children's book! And, I'm sure the ending could be changed then!

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Deb, Lawrence, Shauna, Thank you for visiting this hub. I appreciate you all very much.

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      Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

      Cute story, Chis. It could almost be a children's book, except for the ending of course.

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      Lawrence Hebb 10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Amusing story.

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      Deb Hirt 10 months ago

      Life really is simple, and we ALL do what comes naturally. However, we all have different purposes, which you so simply illustrated.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Surabhi Kaura Thank you for that kind comment. It is an honor to be mentioned alongside Jodah. He and I wrote a story together one time. It isn't on HP at the moment, but it could come back sometime. Thanks for reading.

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      Surabhi Kaura 10 months ago

      Chris, this was so much fun to read. A cute story! I knew only Jodah with his masterpieces.... but now, you have also come into the picture. lol. Great going, pal!

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      manatita44 10 months ago

      A cute and charming one Bro. Interesting at the end. Ha ha.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Shyron, Loved your comment on my flash "friction." Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Faith, nice to see you, and I'm glad I could put a smile on your face today.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      johnmarlow, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      Wow Cam,

      Talk about a flash of fiction,

      Or could it have been friction,

      Anyway you stories are addiction.

      And I don't mean Benediction

      Blessings my friend

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hahaha ...Oh, what a delightful flash fiction, Chris! I thoroughly enjoyed reading. You found the cutest imagery for this flash and innocent Naven.

      Wonderful song choice too.

      This is such a creative piece here. Will share everywhere.

      Blessings

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      John Gentile 10 months ago from Connecticut

      Very imaginative and intertaining. I loved it.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Ruby, yes, the song fit the story very well. I'm glad you had a good time with it.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Catherine, Thanks for coming over and reading the story. Your excellent hub held the little seed for this one.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, thanks for that compliment. Yes, the dreaded term. Fortunately, here on HP, the quality of flash fiction is always on the rise. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Eric, Yes, I think there probably is a lesson. It may the simple fact that everyone has a role to play. And some people's roles will be more fun than others, unless of course it kills you. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      John, I'm glad you found the story enjoyable. It was one of those that was easy to write and caused me to chuckle as I did so.

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      Chris Mills 10 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Buildreps, I'm glad you liked this story. It's got some little bits of humor for those who have a basic knowledge of bees. Thanks for reading and for the comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, this is great! Poor Naven, so naïve. My kind of guy!!!!! That's one of my favorite songs...

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      Catherine Giordano 10 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Cute story. "The Short Happy Life of a Drone"

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go using that dreaded label "flash fiction" again. LOL If anyone can give flash fiction a good name, you can. Great story!

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great story. I think there is a lesson in there somewhere. But I am too much of a drone to figure it out.

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This story is a lot of fun, Chris. Poor, Naven sure found out what his role was (but what a way to go I guess).

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      Buildreps 10 months ago from Europe

      I love this story, Chris! I hope it gets the appreciation it deserves.

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