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Prose Potlatch 3 July 2016 - the most unlikely places

A chapter in the book Fictional Short Stories

One fear not conquered yet

by Sandra du Plessis

I love airplanes as long as they are safely on the ground, and I am not inside one of them on the brink of flying off somewhere.

Fifteen years ago my fear for flying was put to the test. I just arrived home by bus after I spent a week at my father's sick bed. I was dead tired from the trip which took twelve hours.

The phone call from my mother came just when my husband and I entered our home with the news my father passed in the early hours of the morning. I finally broke down, and my husband helped me to get into bed and sleep.

After sleeping for three hours, I woke up refreshed, and although the death of my father was still on my mind, I felt more capable of dealing with the news.

My husband and I discussed what we should do.

"I think you must go back to Bloemfontein, darling. Your mother will need support with the funeral arrangements," my husband Brian said without hesitating.

"Yes, I would like to go back and help out. It is very far, and I don't think I can handle another trip in the bus."

"You don't have to go by bus, darling. I can book you on the next flight to Bloemfontein."

"No! You know how scared I am of flying in an airplane, I'd rather go with the bus then."

"There is not much time, I have flown many times, there is really nothing to be afraid of."

I decided to phone my mother and told her about my plans to help with the arrangements for the funeral.

"We will leave Bloemfontein to go home tomorrow afternoon. Do you think you can be here before then?"

"Yes, Mom. Brian says he will book me a place on the next flight. I will let you know when I will arrive there." I said without a thought that I agreed to get on the airplane to fly to Bloemfontein.

Brian arranged for the flight the next morning at eight o'clock. Without more thoughts about my fear I packed my bag and got ready to face my biggest fear.

On the way to the airport, I got a panic attack. I could not believe what I was about to do.

Brian felt my fear. His comfort reassured me nothing would go wrong. We arrived at the airport, and everything happened so fast. Before I knew it, I was sitting next to an older woman waiting for the airplane to lift off.

My fellow passenger talked to me and captured my attention. I relaxed and forgot about my fear for a while. We soon landed at Bloemfontein airport without incident.

Did I conquer my fear?

No, I don't think so.



My entry for the Prose Potlatch 3 July 2016. Writing this short flash fiction has put me totally in a state of panic. I could not enter last night. I used my quota of two posts per day accidentally. This story took me one and a half hour. I made an effort to avoid my usual common mistakes and use of the correct tenses. I hope my skills have improved.

I have never flown again after that, and just the thought of doing it ever again makes my stomach turn around. Although my fear is real, I wrote this story as fiction.

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