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Airport Runway- Flash Fiction- Ann's Challenge

Updated on October 27, 2016
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My name is Ruby. I write poetry, flash fiction and short stories. I am a dreamer who believes in equality for all mankind.

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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      Bill Holland 6 months 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      John Hansen 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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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      Martie Coetser 5 months 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Clive Williams 5 months ago from Nibiru

      Pretty interesting story. Death is a real love stealer

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Eric Dierker 5 months 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 5 months ago from london

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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 5 months 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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      Ann Carr 5 months 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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      Maria Jordan 5 months 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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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 months ago from Victoria, Australia

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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 5 months 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 months ago from Texas

      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

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      Blessings and hugs my dear friend

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      Devika Primić 5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Nell Rose 5 months 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Dianna Mendez 5 months 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      William Kovacic 5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Nithya Venkat 5 months 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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      Chris Mills 5 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 months 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Linda Rogers 5 months 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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