Anxiously glancing at the wing-tip of the Hawker Hurricane, rattling and exposed, as it slices through air currents that tug the plane off course; he tries to navigate a safe flight-path through the Battle of Athens. That wing’s been trouble for days: mechanical failure, off and on. And, in the endless blur of enemy fighters whizzing towards him from every side, Roald Dahl spies the Gremlin who’s sat grinning on that wing, merrily tearing cables loose with its teeth. It’s clear as day, an inspiration; though now isn’t really the time for creative writing, as the plane starts randomly spiralling.
This piece of flash fiction was written for Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Here’s the link to the stories and this week’s picture is below, copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.