“I was practically born on a plane,” I brag.
The woman next to me clutches her tissue. I try not to roll my eyes. “We have more to fear from disease,” I say, reassuringly.
She coughs, wipes her bloodied mouth and nods.
you may ask yourself, well, how did i get here
Yikes! And that’s really funny:0))
Hah! Thanks, Beth. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek.
Oh no, what a frightening twist, or maybe I’ve been watching the news too much lately.
Me too, Marcy!
The first thing I thought was “Ebola”!!! Frightenly good!
Yes, I was thinking Ebola, but also how easy it is to be smug about fearlessness. (A dig at my own smugness.)
I live in Dallas and I am a pilot too. Struck every chord!
Oh, dear! Sorry about that. Oops.
Oh my..she did fear from the disease apparently..how sad for her!
Yes, it’s a statement, in part, of how we make assumptions about other people’s fears, how we presume to know what another is feeling without really asking. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Holy Eeek, Batman!
Hah! Thanks for reading, Jen!
Perfect twist and very timely.
Thanks so much, Melanie. Appreciate the read and comment!
Yikes…and certainly up with current events.
Yikes, indeed! Thanks, Kathy.
So topical and suitably unsettling. I can imagine your narrator attempting to change seats now, maybe a moment too late.
Yes, but I think the narrator is probably making assumptions without really knowing what the facts are…much like we hear on TV every day. Thanks for reading, Sarah Ann!
Going off what Sarah Ann said, I don’t think your narrator gets the irony of her own words. Something about that eye roll makes me think she/he is blind to anyone else’s viewpoint but her own.
Bingo! That’s exactly what I was trying to achieve, perhaps too subtly. Thanks, Nate.
Ha! Where I come from, we say: Open mouth, insert foot.
Exactly, Kymm. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Oh dear. Nice of her to roll her eyes. I’m sure that would have been very encouraging even if the poor woman was only afraid of flying! You capture the personality – and the chill at the end – perfectly.
Yes, you get it too, Silverleaf! The narrator is a bit too arrogant for her own good.
Hahaha…this is fantastic. Other than the fact that it’s so funny and disturbing it’s also so perfectly compact. Every word is exactly as it should be. Genius.
Thanks so much, Jenny. Glad you thought it was funny too, in a dark way. 😉
Meg this was so timely and so chilling…..and I love how the title can be taken on so many different levels!
Yep, a couple of layers here. Thanks for reading, Splendid!
Gritty. I like it.