© 2017 – Yinglan Z.
“Do you think you can fly it, Keisha?”
“I’m not sure. I trained in a Cessna 152, not some World War Two wannabe.”
The sixteen-year-old was once again in a different universe, the one she had saved last year, only for her friend Josiah Covington, twenty years had passed. She remembered him as a shy, intelligent nine-year-old boy, but now he was nearly thirty. Unfortunately, he also had a broken arm, so escaping Tyson’s heavily guarded aerodrome was in her hands now.
“Remember how our principles of aviation are different.”
“They better not be too different, otherwise, we’ll never get out of here.”
Keisha helped Josiah into the rear seat and then hopped into the cockpit.
“I see the starter. Battery looks good. Plenty of fuel. Barsoonian charge is on standby. Ready.”
The young engineer used his good hand to close the cockpit. “Take her up. We’ll only get one chance to make it out of here. We have to stop Stanley Tyson’s mad plan to use nuclear weapons from your world to conquer Europe.”
I wrote this for the 167th FFfAW Writing Challenge. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration for crafting a piece of flash fiction between 100 and 175 words long. My word count is 175.
This is something of a “sequel” to Return to Dieselworld and based on the character Keisha Davis, whose latest steampunk adventure you can find in Prelude to Piracy. I thought it would be fun to have Keisha experience different “sub-genres”.
Fun fact: Not far from where I live, we have something called the Warhawk Air Museum which has aircraft and other exhibits from World War One through the Vietnam War era. I’ve been there with my grandson and it’s a lot of fun.
To read other tales based on the prompt, visit InLinkz.com.
Oh, and don’t worry about what a “Barsoonian charge” is. That’s being revealed in the steampunk story line.
Want to see more of Keisha in Dieselworld? Read The Adventures of Rocket Girl.