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November 27, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

November 25, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write about a canceled flight. Where was the flight headed? Who does it impact and why? How does a protagonist handle the situation? Go where the prompt leads!

Friendly skies

The announcement came at 7:55, just minutes before boarding.

“We’re sorry to announce that flight 497 to Minot has been cancelled—”

Thinking about the merger meeting at 11:00 I joined the grumbles from the other passengers. I opened my phone.

“—has partnered with Twilight Wish and today we’re fulfilling Edward Bendix’s wish. Mr. Bendix was an Air Force pilot during WW2. Today is his 100th birthday, and his wish is to pilot once more.”

The flight crew wheeled Edward toward the gate. His smile shone as bright as his Medal of Honor. I stood, returned his wave and applauded.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2021 7:35 am

    Listening to John Hartford and thinking of Buster Scruggs…

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 27, 2021 1:03 pm

      I had to google Buster Scruggs, is it a good movie?

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 27, 2021 1:08 pm

        I didn’t think so, but the reviews beg to differ. It’s by the Joen Brothers, and they can be counted on for strange-weird. This movie is six different segments. The first one, with Buster, was the best. They got a bit too sinister for my taste after that.


      • December 1, 2021 11:20 pm

        That’s a smile-worthy delay. And the song has me dancing at my desk!


  2. November 27, 2021 8:16 am

    What a lovely story…warms up a cold morning, for sure!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. November 30, 2021 6:01 pm

    I love your choice of perspective. It’s nice to see grumbling passengers have a change of heart, a cancelled flight often cops the worst of them.


  4. November 30, 2021 7:19 pm

    What Rebecca said. What a great thing to cancel for.



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