Hello everyone and a warm welcome to PART 3) of the entries for my weekly: “Fiction in A Flash Challenge” Week #28.
Today I’m featuring a contribution by Gwen Plano.
Last week I set the following Challenge:
Hello everyone and welcome to my new “Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Each week I’ll be featuring an image and inviting you to write a Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction piece inspired by that image in any format and genre of your choosing. Maximum word count: 750 words.
Here’s the image prompt and the contribution by Gwen Plano.
This image brought me back to my youth. My dad would take my sibs and me for rides over the dunes. Sometimes we ventured into the bombing range, where there were signs similar to the prompt. Most said, “Do Not Enter.” Dad was a very law-abiding man, but occasionally, he’d bend the rules for buggy riding.
THE LAST RIDE
James, you saw the sign. We can’t do this.
The authorities! You know what the sign means.
Yeah, but I don’t see any aircraft, do you?
No, but they could arrive at any moment.
And what of it? If we spot one, I’ll turn back.
You still broke the law.
It says road closed. It doesn’t say anything about goin’ off-road.
Well, the meaning is clear.
Ah, come on, Lauretta. I just want one more ride!
You’re not a kid anymore, James.
Yeah, one of the reasons I need to do this.
Wait, I hear one. Maybe two.
The bombers? I don’t hear em.
Okay, I hear em. I won’t go near the target.
That’s not good enough! The new pilots are practicing!
Just a little further. One more hill. I need to see it.
You’re a stubborn old mule, James.
Let me turn the buggy around. There! Take a gander, Lauretta. Ain’t she beautiful?
Oh my … a patchwork of fields. You’re right, the valley is beautiful.
Nothin’ quite like it. I just needed one more look before it’s time.
You’ll have many more years, James.
Doctor says otherwise and you know it.
Oh my gosh, that was a close one! Let’s get out of this bombing range.
Well, my love, buckle your seat belt. We’re gonna fly over these hills!
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