red-eye

She looks up, and eye drops fall and sting her eyes. Her ritual, whenever she works an all-nighter.
She wipes the tears and puts the smile.
Half asleep, already tired passengers start to pour. Some look suspiciously awake at this time of the wee hours.
Once everyone is onboard, the plane takes off, briefly breaking the hush of the nocturnal world.

Just another day at the office at 35,000 feet in the air.

When the plane lands at the destination in the East, it is still dark.
Half asleep, still tired passengers stagger to the door. Some look suspiciously awake despite the little sleep they have gotten.
Once everyone is off, she pulls her roller bag, briefly breaking the hush of the desolate terminal.

She wipes the smile off when she slam-clicks the door of the hotel room, leaving weather delays, inadequate supplies in the galley and family-feud scenes behind.
She closes her eyes as the sun comes up and remembers that she just missed another holiday.

photo prompt is provided by Maria with Doodles and Scribbles
photo prompt is provided by Maria with Doodles and Scribbles

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – week of 12-13 through 12-19-2016

 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Ada says:

    Oh, I don’t know how, but your words are really immersive.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. nelkumi says:

      Wow, thank you kindly.

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  2. Wonderful story! She seems to live such a sad, lonely life. It was a tear jerker ending!

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Kind of sad Nelkumi. She finds the families the people on the plane kind of annoying I think. She wants to be alone. I wonder if she were with her own family, if she would want to be alone?

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    1. nelkumi says:

      Some people have no choice, sometimes…

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  4. A nice little insight into lives we often ignore.

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    1. nelkumi says:

      So many that we don’t notice…

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    You remind us that we often see people smile, but miss their pain

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    1. nelkumi says:

      There are multiple sides to every story.

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  6. I like the rhythm of this, the short, snappy phrases echo the chopped up sounds.

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    1. nelkumi says:

      Glad you like it. Appreciate the visit and comment.

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