Friday Fictioneer – 2 AUGUST 2019

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Flight of the Seaplane

When the seaplane took off, his fist clenched.

“Chris, nothing’s going to happen.”

“I know,” Chris replied. “I can’t help it.”

His fiancee held his hands. He felt heat from her hands. And the smoothness of her skin. And the rattling of the seaplane.

“Ouch.”

“Sorry.”

“It’s scary, I know. But it will be fine.”

“What if they hate me?”

“Chris, they’re going to like you. There’s probably a good reason why they gave you up for adoption! If they’re willing to see you, that means something, doesn’t it?”

He returned her smile.

Maybe it was all in his mind.

(100 words)


There is so much I want to say in this story and so much I want to expand on. But alas, the word limit forced me to revise and edit the story to the bare minimum. I still hope the double play of the fear, fear of flying and fear of meeting parents, comes through in this story.

Some day, if I’m up to it, I might expand this story and flesh it out. But for now, this will do.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Prompt: Friday Fictioneer – 2 AUGUST 2019

36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneer – 2 AUGUST 2019

  1. Yea, I can see that fear of flying could tag along with fear of meeting parents. In fact, most fears tend to gravitate, which is why we’ll dream of one fear, when really the issue is a different fear entirely.

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  2. Fear is scary. You did an excellent job of misdirection and throwing that twist in there.
    This reminds me of the first time I flew. There was a priest on my flight. Before we boarded he was watching the planes take off. I’ve never seen someone so scared. He was shaking and clutching his Bible and praying. I thought, “Oh ye of little faith.” Not really. I thought, “If this dude’s that scared, how am I supposed to feel? Should I be scared?”

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    • Thank you!

      Indeed, fear can grip anyone at any time, despite our attempt to “control” our fears. We know that our fears may be silly but still, we could not help but feel scared despite our rationalisations.

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