Friday Fictioneers – Chance Encounter

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (Join the Party!) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

FF - Chance Encounter - 190619 PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Chance encounter

It’s lonely, being divorced, childless and forty-something. Still, at least I have the time and money to travel.

I was waiting for a plane when I met him. He was tall, and looked artistic, cultured – interesting.

“Is that seat taken?” he asked, pointing at the place beside me. His voice gave me goose-bumps. Hastily I removed my bags.

“Where are you going?” he said, sitting down.


His eyes opened wide. “Flight EK222? Why, so am I!”

He pulled out his boarding pass. “Seat 27A”

“Mine is 27B! Looks like we’ll be sitting together a while longer.”

How very agreeable!

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55 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Chance Encounter

    • Dear Linda
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You never know with a stranger, I agree. I hope this interesting and cultivated man turns out to be as nice as he looks (and sounds).
      With very best wishes

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  1. Dear Keith
    Thank you for reading and commenting. “Planes that pass in the night” seems particularly apposite for this story, as so often long haul flights are overnight. As you say, though, this encounter may have been more fateful!
    With best wishes


  2. Dear Na’ama
    Thank you for reading and commenting. As you say, it was a serendipitous meeting. As an incurable romantic I like to believe that love is fated but I don’t really believe it! Except in my own case, of course, where it was definitely meant to be…;-)


  3. What luck to have a travelling companion and a potential new relationship placed so neatly by the fickle finger of fate. Sometimes such meetings do take place. Conrad Black met his future wife on a plane – she opened the conversation by asking if he minded her painting her nails! But enough of all that.

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  4. Now that’s my idea of hell. I can’t even begin to entertain the romantic possibilities, knowing that I’m stuck with someone for that length of time. I think the prospect is infinitely more appealing for your character though.

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  5. Dear Sandra
    Thank you for reading and commenting. Stuck beside a man who fancies you, and you’re not even in the window seat! Aaagh! I hope you have plenty of reading matter. As you say, though, my character rather looks forward to the experience – as, indeed, I would myself. I’ve had some very interesting chats on long-haul flights. The most stimulating was with a history professor, who almost made me regret studying chemistry rather than history.
    With very best wishes

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    • Dear Margaret
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I think it will be a good flight – they’re both in a mood to see the other’s good points. I’m glad you enjoyed the story!
      With very best wishes

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  6. A good story and well written, Penny. It seems this romance was meant to be. Unless it’s too good to be true. I tend to be suspicious these days. I’ve probably read too many mysteries. 🙂 — Suzanne


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