I hate travelling with Matt.
He’s late again; I’m boiling inside as the stewardess closes the door right behind him. While he makes his way down the aisle to his seat I just glare at my watch. Out of breath he slumps down beside me.
“I’ve only missed one flight once in my life”.
I raise an eyebrow.
“No connection for two days from Santiago… best thing in my life.“
“I met my future wife… It’s the butterfly effect you know, one red light too many turns into a whole family.”
He’s smiling now…
“I am married”, I fume.
To me the image looked like one of these things you make to attract butterflies or bumblebees to nest, which took me to my story, which is actually very much true, except that some names and cities has been changed.
Friday Fictioneers is run by Rochelle and the challenge is easy (or hard). Just write a hundred word story that fit the image and post to your blog. You can get to the other stories by clicking on the blue thingy bellow.
August 1, 2018
I like this, especially since it sent me daydreaming about all of the choices that we make and their ramifications. Good one, Bjorn! 🙂
Thank you… the best thing is that it’s a true story
Very good! And true, too!
One of the great stories you just remember… a bit like the film sliding doors
That is one of my favorite movies.
Fascinating story – made better by the fact that it’s mostly true. 🙂
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I think so too… but if you talk to people, they they’ve met their partner for the first time is often a fascinating story.
Sometimes it’s fascinating, other times it’s ordinary. Summed up nicely in your story Bjorn. Good one.
But some of us never get the chance to see it, do we?
What works for the goose is useless to the gander.
it’s amazing how a picture can conjure different stories. well done.
Ha…sometimes you have to go walk a thin line from picture to story.
“I’m boiling inside as the stewardess closes the door right behind him”
This has me picturing him hooking up with the stewardess, and you wanting to. 😉
That could be the case.. 🙂
When he drops her, maybe you should pick her up.
Great little story and liking the wit.
Life is unpredictable even though we think we’re in control most of the time.
I think if we could predict everything neither the worst nor the best things would ever happen.
Very well stated, I concur entirely.
I love to know how people met. Great story, Bjorn.
So many coincidences has to come together sometimes…
Amazing things, those butterfly wings!
Yes, you never know the havoc they can cause.
Matt likes living on the edge. Lovely story.
Matt needs his edge
We all know a Matt, I guess.
I do… it’s challenging to travel with them
You’ve written that story beautifully, Bjorn. I really felt I was there with you!
Thank you… glad that you felt like being there even though it’s not a nice feeling.
Now I would think of the flights they missed and what happened when I see those last ones hurrying up.
Think of all the flights you made and what you’ve missed because you left.
100 word challenge; that’s doable. Will this butterfly adventure continue? I like where it’s going.
I think this is where it goes this time… but who knows, there might be a story with the stewardess next time.
Sometimes we are led to right where we need to be, when we need to be there. Lovely poem.
I think sometimes we just need to be lucky,
Butterfly effect, indeed. Good one.
Beware of its wings.
Haha! The neverending story of a married guy traveling with a ‘single’ friend.
Life’s full of surprises, isn’t it? Nicely done.
I think without surprises we miss a lot.
Ahhh – indeed all connected and like the one red light too many ….
Small thing… large consequence.
and so real….
The tiniest little things that can change a life.
It’s interesting the way fate takes a hand in bringing people together. Good one, Bjorn.
Very inventive take Bjorn. Very clever bringing in the butterfly effect.
I adore this one, Björn! Butterfly effect indeed. I so believe in it.
Puny suggestion, I would change missed ONE flight instead of A for more impact.
Oh … yes that’s a great suggestion
I love his calm attitude. I would be more like the bristly one.
I live with someone who’s always late. You get used to it but it still drives me crazy sometimes. Great story, Björn.
Sometimes the way people meet for the first time feels so magical.
Nothing produces conflict like sticking a prompt person and a tardy person in a room ( or a cabin!) together. I can certainly sympathize with this irritated narrator, though i tend to come out on the tardy side of the scale: it is hard to get excited about a phenomenon, no matter how wondrous, when taking advantage of it would require you to engage in bigamy.
I like Matt, he goes through life with less stress. Nice one.
Much like my own story. I met my husband when we both happened to be walking down a street both of us would normally avoid. I was with his room mate’s cousin. We took it from there.
Oh dear unhappy travelers! But it seems like its worked for him
“One red light too many turns into a whole family.” I love that. And I love the attitude and ease of your character, Matt. 🙂
Interesting piece. Makes you wonder how different your life would’ve been if you would’ve changed one choice you made in the past.
I can see doing most things with Matt would be difficult. His laisez faire attitude to the needs of anyone but himself must be infuriating. How on earth does his wife put up with him? 🙂