Welcome to the two hundred and eightieth in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story in second person-viewpoint set at an airport. Here is my 200-worder.
Looking around, you compare like-for-like; ‘suits’ on the red eye, but even the shades of grey differ. You’ve been often enough the past few weeks for some to become familiar but they look through you, used to seeing the same faces but not communicating, unless it’s mobile to ear.
You send a text to your brother, always waiting at the other end, say your flight’s on time and you’ll be there as usual.
The sign comes up and you switch off your phone, put it in your bag, no need for the formality of a reply.
The flight’s not too bad and you think you might actually start to enjoy it but you know you won’t have to do this much longer. That Dad won’t last much longer.
As you walk into arrivals, a stranger holds a placard containing your name and you feel your legs weaken. You switch on your phone and it beeps, clicking the ‘read’ button confirms the worst.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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