Six Sentence Story -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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Wednesday Warm-up.

Zoe, she hosts a bloghop called ‘Six Sentence Story‘. A new prompt word is provided each and every week. Everyone is invited (yes, that means you) to write a little story using, in some manner or another, the week’s prompt word. By ‘little’ she means six sentences in total (and absolute) length.

You really should try it. It’s fun and satisfying (when you finally count the ‘periods’ seven or eight times) and hit publish. Come on down.

This week the word is ‘MINE’.

In the seat next to mine, the old man’s eyes seemed to sparkle for an instant, then dim as his eyelids moved downwards, like sunset on a sideways planet. Across the aisle, a young couple smiled at each other, sharing a look that was both lifeline and desperately frantic waving for help as they settled back into the cheap-furniture fabric of their seats, now firmly locked in their upright position. The landing gear began reaching towards the Earth, giving rise to an oddly guttural sound that inspired unease in all but infants, zen masters and the terminally ill; what was arguably the oldest of man’s spiritual ceremonies began in earnest.

Airliners, for all of their solid-state, high-tech operating systems, do not always make the transformation from magical flying ship to everyday, rolling-over-tar vehicle smoothly; sometimes they bounce, rubber feet squealing in fear.

As surely as the lightning spoke of death and power to the Neolithic congregation, huddled under the protection of low, tree branches, the contest between man’s ingenuity and Nature was both a challenge and a prayer; the first by the near limitless ego of the species, the second by the solitary person trying to believe in life everlasting.

“Thank you, watch your step,” the priestess offered the ritual blessing for a continued life following the pneumatic benediction as the metal retracted and a brightly lit tunnel opened up on yet another world.



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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. UP says:

    Pneumatic benediction! I love the imagery

  2. Moon says:

    Are they travelling from the pre-historic past ( the Neolithic congregation and tunnel to another world makes me ask this question.)
    The auspicious ceremony in air is interesting .
    Brilliant, as always , Clark .

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Thanks M
      speaking of tunnels to another world, did you see that short story contest making the rounds on ‘the Facebook’? looks interesting and best thing, no entry fee (at least that I can find)

  3. Seemingly effortless ease in description. Nice read today!

  4. Liked “pneumatic benediction”. You love to fly, and it shows!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      actually don’t hate it, but there is that ‘moment of doors’ (i.e. very discrete decision point that devolved or branches into radically different timelines)… love airline terminals… “The White Zone is for loading and unloading only, the Red Zone…”

  5. Deborah Lee says:

    Whoa, what kind of freaky flight is this? (I take it you don’t care for landings…? Landing is my favorite part of flying…means the flight is over…lol.)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      agree but only once the plane turns into a really big, and really fast bus… lol

  6. Your tale took off well and landed without a bump. Excellento!

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  7. luckyjc007 says:

    A very interesting flight! I haven’t experienced one like that! Although, it could happen any day now, expecially considering my age. Great story! :)

  8. mimi says:

    Well told! And you have explained why i am scared to death to fly quite well, thank you.

  9. phyllis says:

    Reminds me of the scene in ‘Holy Man’ when Eddie Murphy cures a man of his fearing of flying by addressing his fear of dying.