Airport Runway- Flash Fiction- Ann's Challenge

Janie had been sitting at the airport runway for at least four hours. Joe her husband was supposed to arrive three hours ago.

She remembers him telling her so many times, " In the air force you must hurry-up and wait. " She also remembers so well the day his Military cargo plane took off. He'd been home on leave for two weeks. They'd had so much fun getting reacquainted.

When they first met he was in uniform and he only had a few days before his unit was being shipped to Afghanistan.

Thinking back they'd had a whirlwind romance, and they both knew they belonged together. Joe proposed and they flew to Vegas to be married at a Elvis' Wedding Chapel. The best part of it all was being escorted in a pink Cadillac. Talk about being on cloud nine!

Joe and Janie did everything at warp speed, so little time to savor their togetherness. Somehow he always found time to write while he was serving in the air force. Janie read and reread his letters everyday with tears flowing. She missed him terribly.

Their plans were thought out carefully. He was going back to college using the GI Bill to further his education. He wanted to study mechanical engineering. Janie had already finished her BS in nursing, so they were on top of the world!

As Janie sat gazing at the clouds, she saw an airplane approaching. Her heart was racing. Joe was coming home.

Six uniformed air force men appeared, carrying a flag draped casket.

Her time of waiting was over, only the heartache would last a lifetime.


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billybuc 6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

I know you love writing poetry, but you are also quite good at flash fiction. This is a wonderful response to Ann's challenge.


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. Yes, poetry is my first love, but I love writing flash fiction too. Thank you for a wonderful comment...


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Jodah 6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

Well done, Ruby. I was anticipating another sad story as with Bill's response and my own, and you delivered. :) well done with this flash fiction story.


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manatita44 6 weeks ago from london

Thanks Ruby. Found it now, perhaps you withdrew and came back. A great and yet poignant story. Powerful ending. You guys all seem to like Love, eh? ha ha.

In keeping with the theme, I would have got in the runway a little more, perhaps have her start the story remembering the runway where it all started or happened, and being there again to pay her respects, perhaps with a bouquet of roses. But hey, it was great, though heart-breaking. Kudos to you.


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mckbirdbks 6 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby - What a sad story. It is played out over and over here. You toy with our emotions with this story.


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MartieCoetser 6 weeks ago from South Africa

Oh shame! Poor woman! I think this is one of your best, Ruby. The surprise at the end put this story in a winning category :)


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. It is turning cold so my muse is sad. She finally came out from under the windowpane. Funny how we all went with the lost love mode. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you...


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clivewilliams 6 weeks ago from Nibiru

Pretty interesting story. Death is a real love stealer


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. Only you would think of bringing roses to the runway. lol. Thank you for reading and voicing your prospective.


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. I'm happy it was emotional read for you. It happened to so many. Thank you..


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. I love to write flash fiction with an unexpected twist at the conclusion. Thank you for a most generous comment...


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. Death surely is a robber of love. Thank you...


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Ericdierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This is a great read. I just like the way you frame sentences. Sad story. But realistic.


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manatita44 6 weeks ago from london

Hey Ruby. I'm a romantic, no? Lol.


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eric.Well I never thought much about framing sentences, but I do now! Thank you much. Why don't you take up the challenge? I bet you could write a great story...


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. You a romantic, I would've never guessed that...Hee.


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Venkatachari M 6 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

A good story with a sad ending. Death takes toll unexpectedly in its own way.


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ven. War is the most evil action thought up by powerful greedy people who care nothing about the man I wrote about or any other man. Thank you for always reading my stories...


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Dana Tate 6 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

The sad thing about war is that it always leaves a trail of brokenness. War torn Countries, brokenhearted mothers, widows, fatherless children. Even the ones who manage to come out of it are never the same. When you see the devastation left behind it makes you wonder was it worth it. Half of the time we don't know what the war is about and even if we are told about it, are we being told the truth. Sometimes I wonder.


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annart 6 weeks ago from SW England

What a great response, Ruby! Short and sweet with a bitter twist - I wasn't expecting it, which is the sign of a good writer. I love it! Well done!

Thank for taking the time to respond to my challenge. Will put your link into my hub.

Ann


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marcoujor 6 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

A haunting story that left tears in my eyes, dear Ruby.

A winning story in every way. Hugs, mar


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BlossomSB 6 weeks ago from Victoria, Australia

Well, that was succinct and so true to real life that it was so sad.


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Dana. I can only think of one war when we had to fight to defend America, and that was WW2. The other wars were all political and for gain. Thank you for coming to read my story..


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ann. I loved writing from your challenge. I couldn't think of anything better than your suggestions. I'm so glad you liked my story. Thank you much...


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. I wrote the story of so many women who lost their love's. You telling me that you had tears in your eye's while reading my story, makes me happy. There's still time for you to write your story, you must have so many nursing events that we all would love to read. Thank you much.

Love you!


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always exploring 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Blossom. I know it was sad, but like you said, true to life. Thank you for coming by to read my story.


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Faith Reaper 6 weeks ago from southern USA

Aw, so sad, Ruby, especially this is being played out far too often these days.

A good response to the challenge!

Blessings


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Shyron E Shenko 5 weeks ago

Oh Ruby, this broke my heart,

No bride should lose her love right from the start

To wait and wait

Then have the plane show up three hours late

Only to face such a fate

*

Blessings and hugs my dear friend


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DDE 5 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! You shared a realistic story and with a great mind.


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Theresa. I'm afraid there will be more and more deaths due to evil doers around the world. War never solved any problem. Thanks for the ' good response comment...


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. Happy you enjoyed, even though it was sad. I need to write something funny. Thank you.

Hugs and sweet blessings..


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. So glad you enjoyed my sad story. Thank you...


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Nell Rose 5 weeks ago from England

Oh wow ruby! didn't expect that ending! what an awesome flash fiction story! and so sad too, nice one!


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell. So glad you enjoyed my story. Thank you for the ' awesome ' comment...


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teaches12345 5 weeks ago

A very short story but very impacting. I found it sad but realistic. You should consider writing about their romance prior to this event.


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello teaches. Happy you found my story realistic. Flash fiction is supposed to be very short, unlike a short story. Thank you much for coming to read and comment..


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lifegate 5 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Wow, Ruby! I wasn'[t ready for the twist. Nice job in a few words.


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello lifegate. Happy you were surprised at the end. Thank you so much..


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Vellur 5 weeks ago from Dubai

Her heartache would last a lifetime, yes she was expecting the love of her life to arrive but not on a casket. A great write, short and powerful.


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cam8510 4 weeks ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Ruby, True to life and sad. Good job grabbing our emotions. Manatita is right, we all seem to be writing love stories or close to it. Nice job.


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always exploring 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur. Thank you for reading my story. I'm happy you thought it was powerful.


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always exploring 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cam. Nice to see you. Happy my story touched you emotionally. Thank you..


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bravewarrior 3 weeks ago from Central Florida

So sad, Ruby. But you answered Ann's challenge by adding interest to one of the "boring" options she provided.


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always exploring 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. Usually the arrival of an airplane is a happy event, not this time. It is sad but happens more and more these days. Thank you for coming to visit...


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Minnetonka Twin 2 weeks ago from Minnesota

Oh Ruby-this is such a sad story but sadly true for so many. It was really fun reading a flash fiction from you. Glad to see your using your writing gift for a different writing type. Nice job my friend.


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always exploring 2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Linda. I've found that I love writing flash fiction. So happy you enjoyed. Nice to see you again on HP. Thank you my friend..

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