“Runway No. Nine,” #99-Word Stories

The Carrot Ranch April 25, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “up and away.” You can imagine a story from the photo of hot air balloons, a flying superhero, a natural wonder, or any other direction your inspiration goes. Go where the prompt leads!

    Submit by April 30, 2022.

Covid had taken its toll. My friend Clive succumbed to the disease. His funeral was small, and we all wore masks. I hovered close to Clive’s wife. Jean was my best friend.

We both cried when the service ended. I walked Jean outside.

“Have you figured out where you want the celebration of life held?” I asked.

Jean took her time answering. “Clive loved fixing airplanes. That was his soul’s desire, you know. I think we should scatter his ashes at the airport on runway number nine, his favorite. He always said he wanted to fly up and away.”

23 thoughts on ““Runway No. Nine,” #99-Word Stories

  1. A very touching story, Colleen. Did you have problems with WordPress this morning? Seems it was down early this morning but it’s back up now. ❤️


          1. Hmm, makes you wonder doesn’t it? I think one of the reasons for the constant updating of sites and plugins is to stay ahead of the hackers, however, it creates problems for the users. Blue Host was updating their servers and was down for 4 + hours for some bloggers. WordPress was down for 44 minutes for my WP.com blog, according to Jetpack. I love Jetpack because they let you know when your site is down. Plus, there is a website where you can keep track of outages for WordPress, Blue Host, etc. https://downdetector.com/status/wordpresscom/


                1. I agree about WP. When I see something wacky, I check Vivaldi, Firefox, and Google Chrome, and if all three have issues, it is usually WP’s changing things around again.


  2. Touching story, but always glad we can end up where we want to be at the end.


  3. I’ve heard of ashes being distributed… some where they shouldn’t be. One needs to check state rules on where. I’ve some family who had ashes spread out in the ocean. And I’ve watched other show where folks have let ash fly in park settings or in the mountains.

    There are so many rituals for end of life. To celebrate the memories for blessings should be high on that list.


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