One hundred words…

for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Script.





A cramped cabin, passengers buckled into tiny spaces.

Stewardesses impassively performed the emergency ritual, arms flailing like windmills as a recorded voice delivered its script.

Businessmen read, they’d seen it before. Two nuns listened attentively, fiddling with beads. A child shrieked, attempting to break free. A gentleman fiddled with his hearing aid. A loving couple gazed into each other’s eyes. 

Performance over, kits stowed, the stewardesses sat.

Some felt for their safety jackets, while others continued reading. The nuns stared ahead. The child gave up its struggle. 

A hearing aid squealed as the loving couple gazed into each other’s eyes.



11 thoughts on “One hundred words…

  1. Suzette Benjamin Jan 14, 2023 / 13:33

    You described this pre take-off flight scene with iintimate insight, Keith. Marvelous!


  2. hilarymb Jan 14, 2023 / 13:55

    Hi Keith – I did 3/4 of your hundred … but for another reason … and oh yes – how real is your take on lift-off. I had a card with 7 sisters on it … those sisters, not our sisters … so new post up – must work out what to do – about ‘publication’ … cheers Hilary


  3. dorahak Jan 15, 2023 / 01:48

    I love that old couple! Wonderful realism, Keith, well done!


  4. Bill Jan 15, 2023 / 14:21

    An excellent reflective story, Keith. Seems like one of those situations when we are better off without the hearing aid.
    Airports and airplanes are excellent venues for people watchers. 🙂


  5. Sunra Rainz Jan 15, 2023 / 15:35

    I can just imagine the squealing of the hearing aid interrupting that romantic couple’s moment! Nice one, Keith! 🙂


  6. larry trasciatti Jan 15, 2023 / 16:48

    It can be scary but it has to be done. Good example of such a droll ordinary moment


  7. poetisatinta Jan 15, 2023 / 21:42

    Great descriptive piece…..I wouldn’t have got on that plane though – 2 nuns and a lovesick couple always spelled disaster in the movies!! 🙂


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