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Franky Fly’s Away From Home

A Short Book About a Long Life

by Waverly Huff

Chapter 9: That’s What Friends Are For

Franky Fly didn’t think he was dreaming. But he was hearing voices. Lots of voices. Some were strangely familiar.

“I think we should wake him up,” said a high, squeaky voice.

“So do I,” added another high, squeaky voice.

“Let him sleep,” countered a deep, resonant voice. “He’s been very, very busy.”

“Busy as a bee,” someone said. The others laughed.

Franky Fly opened his eyes and looked around. “My goodness.”

There, standing around him, were all the friends he made during his travels.

Dorothea and Desdemona Dragonfly were there. Or was it Desdemona and Dorothea?

Beauregard Butterfly was standing between Willie Wasp and Timothy Termite. CiCi Cicada was singing Amazing Grace as Montague Mantis knelt next to her, praying as usual. Benny Beetle and Barry Beetle were there. And so was Gladys Grasshopper.

All of them were smiling at him. And all of them were carrying tiny little backpacks.

“But how did you find me,” asked Franky Fly?

“Oh, Franky Fly,” said Willie. “You’re famous in the insect world.”

“Everybody knows about you and your travels across the United States of America,” added Gladys.

“There’s even a song about you, Franky Fly,” said Beauregard.

“And it’s not Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me,” cracked José. The others laughed, with Franky Fly laughing the loudest.

Benny and Barry pushed CiCi to the front of the group. “Sing it for him, CiCi,” they pleaded!

“It’s called Franky Fly’s Away From Home,” said CiCi, clearing her throat.

She sang.

Travel, travel, little fly

As you journey in the sky

Why one place you’d want to stay

When you can see the USA

North and South and East and West

You must journey from your nest

To be happy, you must roam

Franky Fly’s away from home

Benny Beetle and Barry Beetle added their voices, singing harmony for the next verse.

Some are happy standing still

You had daydreams to fulfill

I’ll be with you till the end

Franky Fly, you’ve got a friend

And everyone joined in for the final chorus.

North and South and East and West

You must journey from your nest

To be happy, you must roam

Franky Fly’s away from home

When the song ended, everyone was quiet; especially Franky Fly.