December 17th 1903

“Do I have to?” begged Orville.

“Yes” said Wilbur.

“Well I’ve changed my mind”

“You’ll be alright. I’m your brother. I wouldn’t ask you to if it was dangerous”.

“Why me, not you?” pleaded Orville.

“Because I don’t like heights,” said Wilbur.Hop aboard. I’ll surround you with cushions, so if it goes wrong you won’t get hurt”

“What do you mean if it goes wrong? You said it’s safe”

Orville’s pathetic pleas went unheeded. Minutes later Wright Flyer 1 spluttered into life, and the fragile timber and cloth contraption bounced its way off the ground and into the air.

“Oooo … I don’t like it … I hate you Wilbur Wright” yelled Orville.

Twelve seconds and 125 triumphant feet later, the flying machine bumped back to earth. Orville tumbled out and sat clutching his tummy.

That evening Wilber stood before an assembled crowd.

“One day man will cross hostile terrains, fly above oceans. Travel to distant places. One day even the stars.”

“Bugger that” shouted Orville. “You can do it without me. I’m off for a beer”

Word count 175

I originally posted a longer version of this piece in 2008 and hardly anybody read it! So, here it is again but with less than half the number of words!  

photo-20180514154614986Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is hosted by Priceless Joy. The photo is by Yinglan


34 thoughts on “FFfAW

  1. Denise May 15, 2018 / 11:39

    As a I youngster I visited Greenfield Village here and saw the Wright Brothers bicycle shop. That visit has stayed with me for mumble-bumble years. A few years ago I read David McCullough’s book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I have a little piece of humor to go along with the memories. Thanks.


  2. jaya1966 May 15, 2018 / 12:19

    Loved the way Orville reacted. I guess he must have picked up airsickness.😁😁

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings May 15, 2018 / 12:22

      That’s what I thought! If only this tale was true…! Thanks for dropping by.


  3. Priceless Joy May 15, 2018 / 14:54

    I love how your story was based on the Wright brothers! LOL! Cute story!


  4. James Pyles May 15, 2018 / 17:24

    If they hadn’t invented powered flight, someone else would have. In fact, the first steam-powered aircraft engine was patented in 1842.


  5. Varad May 15, 2018 / 18:43

    Haha! Loved your take, Keith. Who knows, maybe this was how it went down!


  6. Iain Kelly May 15, 2018 / 19:14

    I’m sure they were like any other brothers, squabbling away. Good fun Keith.


  7. Donna B. McNicol May 15, 2018 / 19:15

    I really enjoy your sense of humor! (I need to quit reading and do some writing, woefully behind in my flash prompts!)


  8. hilarymb May 15, 2018 / 21:10

    Hi Keith – wonderful take … think of bicycling off the White Cliff of Dover with a few padded cushions and some tent fabric around to keep one airborne … gosh I’d have been off to the pub too … for more than one beer!! Cheers Hilary


  9. Mike May 15, 2018 / 21:40

    I do wonder if the Wright brothers, realised how flight and flying would take off.


  10. Bernadette Braganza May 16, 2018 / 16:18

    Haha. Loved the hilarious take (Btw, is the longer version still there on your blog?)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings May 16, 2018 / 18:23

      Thank Bernadette. No, it’s not. There were so many errors I decided to wipe it and start again with this rendition!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Ellespeth May 16, 2018 / 21:42

    Historical flash fiction! I’m with Orville – a few beers will make it all seem better.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s