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Friday Fictioneers, 8 February 2013: Budding

This week’s image evoked a number of thoughts for me, but I figured I’d go for a smile. I call this 100-word tidbit “Budding”

Barb stepped onto the plane in a daze. She saw the flight attendant indicating which seat was hers: number 2. It was a window seat in first class. She’d only flown once and to quell her nervousness she had filled out a little contest on the back of the flight magazine, and won. Here she was on an all-expense-paid trip to the Big Island. She sat and gazed out the window as the reflection of the setting sun glinted off the side of the plane. “Hello,” he said, taking his seat next to her. Shared smiles now; adventure to come.

copyright: Rich Voza


  1. sustainabilitea February 6, 2013 5:50 pm

    Wow, did she win him with the trip? Where’s that form? 🙂 First class to Hawaii–how wonderful. Tell her to say hello to Dough while she’s there.


    • AR Neal February 6, 2013 5:51 pm

      Me first, me first! Oh, guess I better say something to my husband before I go 😉

    • Shenine Wiggs February 7, 2013 10:29 am

      You are to funny. I like that. Tell her to say hello to Dough.

      • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:12 pm


  2. madiebeartri February 6, 2013 6:12 pm

    “Adventure” Its what we say when we are going someplace new. 🙂

    • AR Neal February 6, 2013 6:13 pm

      Very true! And The chick in this story is about to find “new” for sure 😉

  3. themisanthropicmuse February 6, 2013 7:14 pm

    “Shared smiles now; adventure to come.” Sounds good. I think I want to go get me some of that. 😉

    Your upbeat little story has me craving to go out into the world and explore.

    • AR Neal February 6, 2013 7:24 pm

      We all need a dash of adventure every now and again… 😉

  4. lingeringvisions February 6, 2013 7:31 pm

    Woo Hoo each flight seems to be an improvement upon the next. Can the mile high club be far behind?

  5. deanabo February 6, 2013 9:38 pm

    Nice! You should right that upcoming adventure!

    • AR Neal February 6, 2013 9:45 pm

      I just might [wiggles eyebrows conspiratorially]… 🙂

  6. Tom Poet February 6, 2013 10:40 pm

    Sounds like the beginning of a crazy romance…That is one lucky lady, first the upgrade and then the guy…enjoyable.


    • AR Neal February 6, 2013 10:43 pm

      I am sayin’! And if movies are to be believed, there are folks who have luck like that 😉

  7. tedstrutz February 7, 2013 1:02 am

    Cool story… Big Island, huh… for a good time have her look up Doug.

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:26 am

      Doug is the man! 🙂

  8. train-whistle February 7, 2013 1:34 am

    first class seats, a free trip, a handsome stranger… I sense trouble coming.

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:46 am

      And it could be either good or bad trouble 🙂

    • annisik51 February 7, 2013 10:34 pm

      And trouble had better be coming – a story without conflict is no story at all!

      • AR Neal February 7, 2013 10:37 pm

        True; this character has her own internal conflict, so there are so many ways such a story could progress…we have her with her own issues, we have a new man (who could be just what she needs, whether she knows it or not, or could be her worst nightmare), who knows!

        • annisik51 February 20, 2013 4:00 pm

          I missed your comment! Sorry! I hope your character has lots of problems. 🙂

          • AR Neal February 20, 2013 4:04 pm


  9. kz February 7, 2013 4:59 am

    lucky lady! ^^that guy better not be a serial killer. lol ^^ love it, love the endless possibilities at the ending

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:10 pm

      Ha! Now him being a serial killer would make for an interesting continuation!

  10. pennycoho February 7, 2013 7:24 am

    Oh I like this, keeps the reader wondering what will happen next! Great story!

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:12 pm

      Thank you, Penny: I am a fan of cliffhangers 🙂

  11. Shenine Wiggs February 7, 2013 10:34 am

    You wouldn’t happen to have a picture of that guy, would you? I just want to make sure it’s not my husband!

    Great take!


    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:13 pm

      Hahahaha! I better go check Expedia to make sure it’s not mine either!!

  12. rochellewisoff February 7, 2013 11:26 am

    Dear AR,
    Thanks for a fun story ending with romantic possibilities.

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:14 pm

      Thank you, Rochelle! Keep ’em coming 🙂

  13. Sandra February 7, 2013 1:21 pm

    How come I never win anything like that… (or him).! Only joking. Well done.

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:24 pm

      You are too funny, Sandra! I end up next to the crazy-scared person, the fidget, the talker, or the person with an irritated baby…

      • Sandra February 7, 2013 1:25 pm

        I always end up in front of the seat-kicker. Always.

        • AR Neal February 7, 2013 4:16 pm

          Oh, too true, Sandra! Yikes…or the guy that insists on pulling himself up by using the back of your seat…ew.

  14. rich February 7, 2013 2:05 pm

    looks like that lucky streak might be continuing. well done.

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Rich!

  15. JKBradley February 7, 2013 8:06 pm

    On to Hawaii, to get laid. Is there a snare drum in the house? Ba dum.

    Well done.

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 8:21 pm

      Or killed, as jk suggested… “who knows what darkness lurks in the hearts of men?” 🙂

  16. Joe Owens February 7, 2013 8:46 pm

    Winner winner chicken dinner. Did she simply win a trip or a lifetime partner and love? I like the tones here. Good for her and her fear of flight. A new man will amke the time pass so qucikly.

  17. AR Neal February 7, 2013 8:51 pm

    Hahaha Joe! I haven’t herd that one in a minute 🙂 “Winner winner chicken dinner” It is true that there are things that can distract us on flights, and this one is better than the list that Sandra and I came up with in earlier posts!

  18. Shirley McCann February 8, 2013 1:22 am

    Here’s to hoping her contest win turns out to be a good one. Lots of possibilities here.

    • AR Neal February 8, 2013 1:31 am

      Thank you, Shirley! I agree–let us hope that this is a good win; there are times that the wins are not so good…like “winning” a visit from Kirby vacuum guy… LOLOL

  19. elappleby February 8, 2013 11:22 am

    Aaah! what a sweet romantic story. Love the “shared smiles” 🙂

    • AR Neal February 8, 2013 1:24 pm

      Thank you–was going for a bit of romance with the tensions… 🙂

  20. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) February 8, 2013 5:26 pm

    Sounds like a double win coming up. Mile high?

    • AR Neal February 8, 2013 5:35 pm

      😉 Maybe, but I don’t think that was a Virgin Airlines plane…don’t think there’s enough room on any of the others these days! Hahaha!

  21. dmmacilroy February 9, 2013 5:31 am

    Dear AR,

    Who is this ‘Dough’ character?

    Great story. I remember her. She was very nice to talk to. We had Mai Tais and seared Sashimi after we landed. Parted friends.



    • AR Neal February 9, 2013 6:17 am

      Ha! So glad you connected, Doug! 🙂


  22. David Stewart February 9, 2013 1:56 pm

    Wow, first-class to Hawaii and a possible love interest next to her. Sounds like the beginning of a great adventure indeed. 🙂

    • AR Neal February 9, 2013 6:15 pm

      Thank you David–It’s always interesting to see where a story will go, and when 🙂

  23. writeondude February 9, 2013 4:39 pm

    Sounds like this one is just getting started, could be a whole series of stories here. Very good.

    • AR Neal February 9, 2013 6:16 pm

      Very true, ‘dude; it could go in many different directions!

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