November 25, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about a cancelled flight. Where was the flight headed? Who does it impact, and why? How does a protagonist handle the situation? Go where the prompt leads!
Ready For Take-off? – by Hugh W. Roberts
“Are you kidding? Why’s the flight cancelled again? We’re all desperate to get out of here.”
“I don’t know, Dave. Something about the pilot having a headache.”
“A headache? That’s no excuse. Doesn’t the pilot know we’ve all got a job to do? Not another 24-hours stuck in this crowded place with you lot.”
“Maybe the flight will take off tomorrow when the pilot is feeling better?”
“I hope so. We’ve all got long journeys ahead of us.”
Two days later, Dave’s flight took off. He made it to the egg first. Nine months later, baby Dave was born.
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.
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48 thoughts on “Ready For Take-off?”
Clever and crafty indeed Hugh! xx
That was an amazing twist!
Thank you. I’m glad you thought so.
The pilot had a headache! You are the master of twists.
Thank you. That was the main hint of what the twist was, Charli. And glad to see nobody has yet guessed what it was.
beautifully smutty with hints of Woody Allen’s All You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask. Loved it
Thanks, Geoff. Glad you enjoyed it. I sometimes surprise myself with what I come up with.
You have a career in screen writing in that narrow but notoriously perky genre of Mumbles porn
LOL Brilliant, dear Hugh! I am literally grinning from ear to ear! Cher xoxoxo
That’s great to hear, Cher. We all need some laughter right now.
We sure do, don’t we? Thank you, Hugh! 🤗🤗💜💜
Well that’s original, and very funny. It made me laugh.
Good to hear, thanks, Norah.
Haha, Hugh! Thank you for the smile on this otherwise very stressful and frustrating day! A great way to end my day. 🙂
Sorry to hear you’ve had a stressful and frustrating day, Liesbet. I’m glad my little story has made you smile on such a day.
Hahaha this is so hilarious!! I had to read it twice, and then the headache made sense to me! 🙂
I was hoping the ‘headache’ bit would tell readers where exactly the setting of this piece of flash was. So far, so good.
How fun Hugh! What a fabulous take on the prompt. I love it.
I’m glad you think so. Thanks, Rebecca.
Allegedly flights are actually good for headaches.
Are they? I’ll have to take your word for it, Sarah.
That was a delightful twist. Nicely fine, Hugh.
Thanks, Dan. Glad you enjoyed it.
This gives new meaning to “child prodigy” :).. fun read, thank you!
Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Took me a minute, but yeah, ya got me, Hugh!
That’s good to hear, Liz. So far, nobody guessed the twist before reaching the end.
Nice work, Hugh. Timing is everything!
🤦♀️ I was going for literal at first, and it’s not even Easter.
No, but it won’t be long before we start seeing Easter eggs on the shelves here in the UK. Usually, the day after Boxing Day.
You got me too 😁
Excellent. Another one in the back of the net, Cathy. Thank you.
Hahaha – wonderful Hugh!!
Thanks, Judith. Glad it made you laugh.
So here I am thinking ‘headache’, Hugh couldn’t come up with anything better than that for a cancelled flight? Got me!
Good to hear, Suzanne. I always enjoy it when readers don’t see the twist coming.
You caught me there Hugh I had to read it twice!! 💜
Glad you enjoyed it, Willow. You must have done with reading it twice.
I did Hugh 💜😂
And here we are thinking of the traditional airline flight, Hugh! Well done!
Hehe! So I got you all again? I like it when that happens, Terri.
Excellent! Still laughing.
Good to hear. I enjoy making people laugh. Keep on laughing, Darlene.
LOL! Hysterical. Love it. 🙂
Thank you, Aimer. I thought a little humour was in the making when I saw the prompt, and my mind led me to…well, you know where.