Friday Fictioneers – Fear of (Not) Flying

ff220616With the evening sun setting over Milwaukee, Cathy buckled up tight for her final paid landing. The former homecoming queen had pushed her cart up and down the aisles of Deltas for the last 30 years. Her ankles now ached most shifts, but she never once stopped smiling.

“I bet you won’t miss the three-day trips and 5am starts,” the Captain had said.

Thing is she would. Life at home had become almost unbearable since Frank had begun to forget. Last weekend he didn’t recognise their oldest daughter. Cathy feared she would be next, and that scared her.


These words form my entry into Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

It’s an old prompt, but a new story. No re-treads on here!

11 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Fear of (Not) Flying

  1. wmqcolby

    Ohhh wow! You really put it in perspective. Character voice was certainly there, Paul. Particularly the vocation of stewardess seemed spot on. Great ending, too.

  2. michael1148humphris

    You certainly put fear in the right place. Alzheimer’s is really to be feared, but tell Cathy to seek help and raise funds for research into Alzheimer’s

  3. madamewriter

    Retiring sounds terrifying in itself. In my mind, I do not envisioning myself “stopping.” I bet Cathy is scared – scared of the boredom and limits of reality.

  4. mickwynn2013

    That’s a very effective piece of writing. The fear of giving up what we’ve come to know and feel comfortable with for something that could be very uncomfortable is brilliantly portrayed


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