PHOTO PROMPT- Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Here she was at last: her first cross-country flight, from Merrill Field to a small airstrip outside Anchorage. Halfway thru, Sarah saw a round saucer-shaped ship cruising along at her 9 o’clock, noiseless and invisible to her controls. Sarah wiped her eyes with the backs of her hands, and looked again. There was nothing there.
“I am never telling anyone about that.”
“About what?” her flight instructor asked. She still had him on speaker, of course.
“How unbelievably…great this view is.”
“Roger that. See you in a few. Unless the aliens get you first.”
19 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The View Up Here”
I wonder if that was just a little joke from the instructor or if he’s seen something too, but is afraid to admit it! At least she didn’t panic and crash the plane.
Oh if her instructor only knew. This left me chuckling. Nicely done and an enjoyable read.
Thanks Rochelle. Glad I could make you laugh! 🙂
You have captured the deadpan pragmatism of pilots who have learned to keep their lips buttoned no matter what they think they’ve seen. Good job.
Aloha Doug! Thanks. I’ve never flown a plane but my dad tells interesting stories from his time in Alaska and that’s what I was thinking of.
I like the open secret tone of this piece. Great write.
That last line! So funny.
Thanks Alicia and thanks for dropping by!
I really like how you left it vague and open… are there really aliens….hmmmmm
Thanks Riya Anne! Hmm is right.
So the aliens are real. Maybe the flight instructor is one too.
i would have been screaming, WHAt?!?!!!! 😛 great story, Anne. 🙂
Clever twist in your story – I thought it was going to be liike mine to begin with!
Dear Anne, Great story and I bet that pilots see more than they are willing to admit. If you say something – you own it for all time. In your story, I think the instructor knew about the flying saucer. Cute! Nan 🙂
Thanks Nan. Yeah me too…or suspected maybe.
all instructors flash alien planes to trick their students – didn’t you know that?
That explains it! Thanks.
Anne, Maybe it was Captain Kirk in the Enterprise who’s gone back in time. That was a humorous and well-written story. I can believe that pilots see things they don’t report. Who knows? Well done. 🙂 —Susan