Cancelled – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Carrot Ranch Challenge:
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by “Cancelled Flight”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:


Christmas Eve.
The airport is packed with people desperate to fly south.
The blizzard still prohibits any take-offs.
Outside the streets are gridlocked.
No one is going anywhere.
There is no sign of a break in the weather.
We watch the news anxiously.
Almost everyone has a phone pressed to an ear.
What is happening elsewhere?
I get a call from my son, only fifty miles north of here.
Did you get away yet, he asks.
I can barely hear him above the background chaos.
You’ve got an hour, he says.
These things are indestructible.
We can’t stop th…

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7 Responses to Cancelled – Carrot Ranch

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Chilling! The use of static in your reading was epic.


  2. Pingback: Canceled Flight « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  3. Oh ho. Is it just the weather? Or something more ominous? Terrific ending. (Or maybe a horrific ending?)


  4. jenne49 says:

    Mm, a cunning piece of misdirection with Christmas Eve and the weather.
    Excellent build-up of tension in this story towards the final threatening twist.
    And scary sound effects for the perfect finish!


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