2,000,000 Wrinkle-lipped Bats

Gabe had seen places, either accompanied by a friend or alone, that were magic. All the hardships of individual travel had been amply rewarded as he stood with the driver and guide and watched while millions of wrinkle-lipped bats flew from a cave on a hill in central Thailand. ThaiBats It was dusk when the car came to a stop on a plain with no one in sight, the sun a bright red disk sailing below the horizon. Gabe got out of the car just as the first bats emerged from the cave. ThaiBats2These were followed by more, and more, and more, an impossible number of flying mammals swooping and looping in ribbons across the skies.ThaiBats9 “Each bat will cover up to 200 kilometers of hunting grounds tonight before they’re done,” the guide told him.

Gabe heard them calling to one another, the rustle of millions of wings unlike anything he’d ever experienced. His view across the plain was filled with the streams of flying creatures dark against the crimson of the deepening night sky. ThaiBats3ThaiBats7There was not a single other human being anywhere, no buildings, no roads, no signs of human civilization, only the twisting spirals of the bat colony in the air. ThaiBats4The men stood for over two hours as the bats sailed overhead. Gabe waited until it was too dark to make out the shapes of the bats before he turned away, images of flight burned onto his retinas and his memory.

– from my short story “Waiting” in Broken In: A Novel in Stories. Available online at amazon.com, amazon.de, and amazon in countries everywhere.

Go to my post Death On A Wet Road Between Towns Without Names for more of Gabe’s travels.

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9 thoughts on “2,000,000 Wrinkle-lipped Bats”

    1. Thanks for the feedback. I’m new to blogging and the encouragement from readers out there has been great incentive to keep going… My husband Uwe takes the pictures and my words are mostly just a frame for his images. I hope you’ll keep stopping by! —Jadi

  1. Hi Jadi.lovely post, the pictures are incredible.Thank you indeed for liking my (about ) by the way l lived in Vienna and l teach Arabic. Have a wonderful week end. jalal

    1. Hi Jalal, Thanks for liking this post – my husband Uwe took the photographs and I used our experience for this scene in my book. It happened just as described: no other people, no signs of modern civilization, just the deepening sunset and 2,000,000 bats.

      How long were you in Vienna? I like the photograph you used for your profile; what are you playing? —Jadi

    1. My husband is responsible for the photographs I use in my posts. Go to his website (it’s listed on my “About” page) for more information. I’ll be sure to show him your comment! And thanks for following my blog! I post roughly every 2 weeks.

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