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Friday Fictioneers – Take Off

9 December, 2016

What’s that? You’re eager to read some prompt-based flash fiction but you think works of 101 words are just that bit too long? Well you’ve come to the right place!

Every week, Rochelle emails a pic to 36,961,655 writers around the world and, this week, this week’s is this one


taken by Lucy Fridkin. Those 36,961,655 writers, being writers, write 100 words each and hand them to The Frog who shares them.

My 100 words are these:


Take off always frighten me most. The scream of engines, the stomach jolt as the wheels leave the runway, cheating nature as you climb, only air below you; all have me praying to a god I no longer believe in. Not since the sickness that took away our boy.

This city has always been my home. The decision to leave was the hardest we have ever made, it felt like taking off, that the solid ground was disappearing from beneath us. But we couldn’t stay.

In the east, the sun rises. A hesitant dawn begins to spread through the clouds


  1. The pain of a parent losing a child is captured well.

  2. Well done on the literal ground falling away when taken off and then the metaphorical use of it in regard to leaving the city, I liked that

  3. Dear RG,

    Heartbreaking story with beautiful descriptions. I love the hesitant dawn. Great metaphor for starting over. Bravo!



  4. Nice take on the prompt. I can feel his pain form the past but also his hope of a fresh beginning. A lot to get from 100 words, well done.

  5. Good work this week, RG. Pain and suffering with terrible consequences, I’m sure of that.

  6. Wow! I love this story. So much said in 100 words (or is it 101?) Who cares? Both heartache and hope are shown perfectly. Bravo!!!

  7. Lovely description, RG. I could see the plane taking off. Good writing, —- Suzanne

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