A story created and illustrated by the Fourth Graders in Room 506.
One day, deep inside of a cave somewhere in eastern Europe, there was a bat. A big bat. A really really big bat. His name was FatBat. This was not a nickname. His mother gave it to him when he was born. She said, ‘wow, that’s a fat bat’. As FatBat grew up, he didn’t have a lot of friends. Sure, there was that Larry kid, but he was odd. So, FatBat spent most of his day sleeping…
at least that’s what all of the other bats thought he was doing. You see, FatBat had quite and appetite. Bugs just weren’t enough for him. Sure, beetles were pretty good, an occasional tarantula, grasshoppers tasted like chicken – of course he avoided the stinkbugs. They gave him gas. And bad breath. FatBat hoped that one day he might fall in love, so he kept his fangs brushed and stayed away from the nasty stinkbugs. But, as for his love life, it wasn’t going so good. Since he was always hungry, during the light hours while everyone else was sleeping, FatBat would sneak out and go to McDonalds! He loved McDonalds! Especially the new GRAND MAC. Today, while at Mikkidees, FatBat saw a breaking news story. Dundundun! People in all of the major cities were crashing their cars into each other! They were screaming about flies…billions and billions of flies…all flying into their windshields…kamakazi style.
It was horrible. But it got even worse! Flies were infesting all of the Walmart stores! They were eating all of the vegetables! And the frozen pies! Then it got even worse! The flies were flying into jet engines and causing airplanes to have problems in flight. This was dangerous! Just then, the TV stopped. Then it got fuzzzzzzzy. Then, an image of something horrific came on the screen. It was a fly. A HUGE fly! “Hello!” said the creature. “All hail Eddie the evil fly! Mwhahahaha! Oh, that’s me. Yeah, all hail me!”
FatBat heard people screaming all around him. They started calling 911 and running out of the restaurant. Some even called pest control, but their lines were…disconnected. FatBat turned his attention back to the TV. The monster was talking some more. “The hideous creature you see before you was just like you. Yesterday. But, I went to Walmart and bought a banana. When I ate it, little did I know that there was a fly inside. Not just any fly. It was a mutant fly that came from a plant in Japan. The Fukushima plant. Who knew bananas could be bad for you? Hahaha. Now that I’m a ginormous fly, I’ve decided to take over the world!” FatBat kind of wanted to help…but why? No one had ever been nice to him before. Except for Larry. But he was odd. Just then, FatBat noticed the french fry girl. She took some french fries and an extra burger that was laying around and gave it to a man who was sitting in the corner. A homeless man. “Ew,” thought FatBat. “That’s probably stale.” But then, his little furry heart was stirred. This was a random act of kindess. It made him want to save the world. He knew that he wasn’t good at many things. Like Karate or stuff like that. But, he was good at one thing. Eating. FatBat took off from the McDonalds and started doing what bats are supposed to do. Only he was like a superhero. He was eating ALL of the flies in Europe. He was saving countless lives. As FatBat was flying past the Eifel Tower, he was confronted by the evil Eddie the fly!
“Stop eating my minions!” shouted the fly. “You’re ruining my evil plan.” FatBat took a big breath. This was going to be one huge fly. He flew over and bit the evil villain the nose. It was gross. And it was poisonous. FatBat fell from the sky.
Surely this was the end. Right before he landed, a beautiful vulture swooped down and caught him. Her heart broke for this would-be hero. Then, she noticed that he was kind of cute. She puckered up and did it. Yes. Love’s true kiss! FatBat was alive. The vulture turned toward evil Eddie. “She hissed at him. Oh, now you’re gonna get it!” The villain was so scared he turned and flew into the sun. Evil Eddie was no more. The world was saved. In Paris, they even threw him a parade. But FatBat didn’t care about all of the adulation. He didn’t even care about the certificate he got for free McDonalds for life. All he cared about was Violet. The vulture.
Yes, they fell in love and were married and lived happily ever after.