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Jack stabbed angrily at the controls, slammed the flight manual shut, then threw it at the panel. Was Andie seriously sitting there on the platform reading when he was about to make the most important test flight of his life, the one that would determine all of their fates?

“Hey, man, take it easy on the machinery, wouldja?” Charlie said from the seat next to him.

Jack grumbled an apology at his co-pilot and returned to his pre-flight checks, but he continued to stew about Andie’s apparent lack of interest in him, in their future, and in the survival of everyone in the camp.

“Engines are fired, Jack, and we’re go for liftoff.”

It was only as the rockets propelled him away from her that she lifted her eyes from the page, but he would never see the tears that streamed down her face.


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Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

18 thoughts on “Liftoff

    1. LOL 😀 That was good, Val! Yeah, I didn’t link this to any previous ones (in a hurry today), but it is a bit of the Jack and Andie stuff. The book is outlined. I’m working out some grief in the basic outline that isn’t working, but then I’m ready to fill in more detail.

  1. what a excellent little, (what the cool word for something that’s a self-contained story-ette (no, not that)… vignette (nah, think a vignette is longer than this, (maybe) ‘set piece’ ? )
    engaging Six is what it surely is.

  2. My thought is that she daren’t look in case things go wrong, and thinking what would happen if she loses him! That is love just as much as how much she would welcome him back if all goes well.

  3. Very well done! I can’t help but think about how often this kind of scenario plays out in relationships, where one of the partners is reading the other one all wrong. It clearly wasn’t that she didn’t care, I’m thinking she didn’t want him to see her fear, or her sadness about his departure. Hiding feelings, never a good idea with the people close to your heart!

    1. Very true that hiding feelings really doesn’t work, Josie. I have some ideas about these two…you’ll have to wait for the book, I guess! 😉

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