Thursday, October 18, 2012

Traveling Man: A Snapshot Reveal

A Snapshot Reveal on Thursday? What is this world coming to when I'm so prompt? For a prompt.

(Insert dry laugh here.)

Okay, I'm done, I promise. If you want to see the prompt, or link your own story up to it, here's the prompt post link. Also, I believe there's another story linked up already, so you can read that as well. :)

Traveling Man

A storm loomed in the horizon, threatening the delay of flights later on in the day. Peter checked his watch. He was supposed to leave in an hour.  It was a race now. Time against a wind carrying heavy clouds.

Peter walked away from the airport window, deciding to grab a seat in case he was stuck and the airport began to pack in more than it could hold. He threw his coat and bag in the seat next to him, then dug out his laptop. He didn't turn it on, though. Not yet. They should be calling his plane soon if it was going to leave.

Peter's attention turned to some artificial gun noises and laughter. A couple kids were playing soldier around a small group of chairs. He was surprised kids still played that game these days - even more surprised their parents let them. Then one of the kids shouted, "I'll get you, Spiderman!" and their play made a bit more sense.

Peter jumped up when his plane was called. Looking out the window showed the wind hadn't been fast enough. He should be able to get out on time. He shoved his laptop in his bag and slung it over his shoulder without even zipping it closed. Coat over his arm, he got in line to claim his first class seat.

Peter settled in next to the plastic window, watching the clouds, not quite convinced the slowly filling airplane was still going to get off the ground in time. He finally closed his window, deciding to take a page out of the ostrich book. He didn't often take a bird's philosophy, but today he could do with a 'out of sight, out of mind' mentality.

Peter closed his eyes and took in the sounds around him. They would take off. They were heading away from the storm. He would be on time, make his presentation, then head home later in the day.

"Would you like me to stow your jacket for you, sir?" the Flight Attendant asked. Peter was already asleep.


  1. Carrie--I really love your stories. This one's like a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter morning. You're really good at describing the setting. Well done.

    1. Thank you. :) You've put a big smile on my face. I appreciate it.

  2. The time between boarding and actually getting on the plane can sometimes be nerve-wrecking. This was one of those moments. Nicely done!

    Your picture prompt this week reminded me of many things that I just had to join in. It's been a while but I'm glad to be back here.

    1. Thank you, Anne. I'm glad I pulled you back in. :)


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