Thursday, March 8, 2018

Wednesday's Words on Thursday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles. It has now come full circle. The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind. These are this week's words: tarmac, whine, lobby, vestige, dither, spark and/or enormous, jitters, dangle, stumped, bellicose and mangle. Oh, my!

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Percy stood on the tarmac in the early hours of sunrise, listening to the whine of the airplane's engines as it powered down.  He could have waited inside the small airport's lobby where there were lights and air conditioning.  But since he had long ago lost all vestige of hope that he would see his wife and daughter again, he wasn't going to waste any more time dithering about whether or not they would want to see him.  He had always held onto some small spark of faith that this day would come but had kept it in the farthest reaches of his mind.  The work he had to do was far too important and enormously dangerous to let that thought come forward at an inopportune time.

Standing in the shadows, watching as two women departed the plane, he was surprised to realize that he had the jitters although whether it was from nervous apprehension or excitement he could not tell.  One of the flight attendants stepped to the top of the stairs from the small private jet and called to the women while a sweater dangled from her hand.  The smaller of the two women turned and stumped back up the stairs to retrieve it.  He could hear her laughter as she complained about being stiff after the long flight, and his heart skipped a beat at the sound of his daughter's voice.

As much as he had regretted leaving them when he did, he knew that if he had not, his bellicose for the work he had needed to do would have been compromised.  He walked slowly towards the lobby where both women were now hugging and laughing with his brother, Ivan.  His mangled leg ached as he walked, a wound from one of many battles he had fought since he last saw them.  There was once a time when he thought he would never consider taking a "desk job" but his most recent injuries made the decision for him. 

At least, he would be able to finally be with his family again.


  1. Oh I hope it works out for him. This kept me focused throughout. Great job.

  2. I really enjoy family reunions. particularly now that I tend to be the centre of attraction being the patriarch.
    Reading all of the stories this week it seems most people associated the word Whine with aircraft. Not once did Mother in law get a Whine mention.

    1. With only one exception, I have always had a good relationship with my mothers-in-law.

  3. Add me to the list of people hoping it works out well for him and his family. Hoping fervently.

  4. It does work out well. You've already read the letter from Eleanor to her friend telling how happy they are to be together again. This is Percy's side of the storyline from January and February.

  5. Glad things are working out.

  6. It is easy to sense the jitters Percy was experiencing. Great job with the words this week.


A side note to my Words on Wednesday ~ I've truly enjoyed reading everyone's blogs, comments, and posts the past few months, but unfortunately have not been able to comment from Safari, and have to use Chrome for commenting. It is frustrating and annoying to have to log out of one and into the other just for commenting, when everything else I do is on Safari. I'm not sure if it is because I'm using a Mac, but I haven't been able to sign into Google on Safari. I'm still trying, however, just know that if I don't comment, it's not because I haven't enjoyed reading or seeing Sunday's Selections photos.