A short story…

for Sunday Photo Fiction





mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmI’d planned it meticulously.  Every minutest detail. 

My case contained everything I needed.  I’d checked and double-checked.  The drive to the airport went smoothly and I found a parking space close to the exit.

I checked my watch.  Two hours, thirty-three minutes to go.  Perfect.

The terminal was packed.  People queued, sat, chatted and dozed.  No one seemed to notice me.

At the check-in, I answered the usual questions.  Did I pack it?  Yes.  Have you left it unattended?  No.  Everything was going to plan.

One hour four minutes to go.

Departures, that way.

I removed my belt and shoes as the snaking queue shuffled forward.  I dropped some things into a grey tray.  Laptop, watch. Loose change.  A stone-faced security lady studied the monitor.  No problem.  So far so good.

I nervously headed for the scanner.  I stepped forward. It bleeped, loudly.  Please, no.  Legs apart, arms splayed.  They just found my keys.  I breathed a sigh of relief.

Forty-three minutes to go. 

In the crowded departure lounge, everyone looked calm.

Three minutes to go, two, one.  Ten seconds, nine…

As I pressed the button on my watch, it happened.   Something no one expected.


They announced the plane was leaving on time!



barb-crews-airportThanks to Donna for hosting and to Barb Crews for the photo.


21 thoughts on “A short story…

  1. Christine Goodnough Oct 6, 2019 / 14:07

    What a build-up! And a delightfully happy ending….so far… Knowing you, I suspect he still has something up his sleeve. 😉


  2. DB McNicol Oct 6, 2019 / 18:08

    Oh my, you had me holding my breath. Then I burst out laughing. Great job, Keith!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Denise D Hammond Oct 7, 2019 / 12:49

    All sorts of thoughts went through my head as I read it, but not the one you ended with. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Shweta Suresh Oct 8, 2019 / 09:37

    And here I was, thinking that a bomb was about to explode! Great build-up Keith. Have been missing your entries for #6WSP. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Oct 8, 2019 / 12:12

      …so that plan came together! Worry not., I’ll be back with my 6 next week!


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