On a Wing and a Prayer
Touching down at the end of the runway in a maneuver too late to provide a safe landing, the wheels of the airplane chirp and skid before continuing on a line that tears a path through a carpet of tall grass and wild flowers, leaving a scar on the land. One after another, the members of a missionary contingent slide down the emergency exit and gather in a small circle where they drop to the ground, kneeling. They produce votives, each from a breast pocket, and pray by candlelight, thankful that they are among the living.
This foolish bit of flash fiction is my response to The Sunday Whirl – Wordle #518.
land – carpets – line – down – kneeling – tears – flowers
late – wheels – living – touching – candlelight
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