Trifecta: Flight

Their bedroom was a disaster zone, clothing that had been pulled out of drawers strewn on random surfaces and briefing papers everywhere.  She sighed.  “Sam, did you deal with that insurance issue?”

“Sorry hon, I totally forgot about it.”  He looked up from the collection of gadgets he’d been fussing with on the bed.  “It’ll keep until I get back, I still need to finish that paperwork anyway.”

When he got back.  “Could you not be so cavalier about it?”  It irked her, the way he acted as if he was doing nothing more consequential than hopping a flight to Boston for the weekend.

He put down an unidentifiable piece of metal to give her a slightly more serious look.  “This is what I do, honey.”

“I know that.  That’s not the point.”  The math of it was driving her mad.  Two unmanned expeditions had come back.  Two.  Of the first nine, three had had massive technical failures and never made it out of the system, and the other six had disappeared.  The program thought it was due to retrieval failures but they didn’t really know.  He was, as he so often said, not a statistician, but it didn’t take any analysis to know that two successes did not equal reliability.  But God forbid they should put more money into unmanned expeditions with the general public chomping at the bit to get this push to the stars started.

He shook his head and came to kiss her on the forehead.  “It’ll be fine.  We’ll do it when I get back, yeah?”  He winked.  “I’ll bring you a souvenir.”

Baked beans, she thought sourly.  She took his hand and squeezed it, looking down at their joined hands like they were the only solid thing left in the universe.

“When you get back.”


Welcome to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge!  This week called for 33 to 333 words on the third definition of the word flight (noun):

1a : an act or instance of passing through the air by the use of wings
b : the ability to fly
2a : a passing through the air or through space outside the earth’s atmosphere
b : the distance covered in such a flight : swift movement
3a : a trip made by or in an airplane or spacecraft
b : a scheduled airplane trip

Having been prevented by the definition from doing fantasy, this week I’m bringing you a tiny bit of sci-fi.  Thanks for reading!

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  1. kgwaite says:

    Oh, man. Something tells me she’s not going to find those papers. Nicely written.

  2. lumdog says:

    Ok, this starts out as your normal, slightly tedious, conversation between husband and wife. Then bam, he’s off on some dangerous mission to who knows where! Talk about a u-turn! If this is an opener to a bigger story, I’m in. Anyway, she should just go ahead and buy some life insurance on him, just in case.

  3. Jeanna says:

    As a wife of a husband just like this, I want to just bop him up side the head. Nicely done!

  4. jannatwrites says:

    This isn’t an ordinary flight. I hope he does come back (and doesn’t bring her beans :))

  5. Trifecta says:

    Thanks for linking up with Trifecta this week. I, too, see some serious complications on the return. I hope I’m wrong.

  6. Jester Queen says:

    It’s like he’s leaving the insurance thing undone in order to stave off death. I can’t die setting this right. I still have something to fix back home.

  7. I love the disjointed nature of this one, Annabelle. My sci-fi brain kicked in, totally.

  8. at the end, when she looked at their hands, it was like giving the reader a kick to the heart. at first, i thought it was just a couple caught up in potential argumentative chaos, but it turned out to be so much more. good write.

  9. Annabelle says:

    Thanks, everyone! I hope he makes it back too.

  10. sonya says:

    Nicely done. I wasn’t so sure where you were going with this at first but I was pleasantly surprised!

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