Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #312 by Keith Channing

In Keith’s words.

“Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.combefore 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.”

The photo.

Photo of clouds

First Time by John W. Howell © 2021

“Okay, everyone, the pilot says we are near the jump zone. Any questions before we go out the doorway? Yes, Higgens.”

“Well, sir, I thought we would see the ground before jumping.”

“Normally that’s true, Higgens. This cloud deck is over most of the land, so we’ll just jump through it.”

“And we are sure the land is down there?”

“Yes, we are sure.”

“How do we know?”

“Look, Higgens, I don’t have all day. This plane has all-weather radar. The pilot can see through the clouds.”

“So there is no city with tall buildings below?”

“Why would you ask that?”

“I would hate to be caught on one of those gargoyles on a building.”

“There are no tall buildings.”

“Swamps?”

“No.”

“Thank you, sir. Just had to be certain. Oh, one more thing. How do we know we aren’t flying upside down and the ground is above us?”

“You’re kidding, right?”

“Stranger things have happened.”

“I am sure. Any other questions? Yes, Higgens.”

“How far up are we?”

“Ten thousand feet.”

“Plenty of room.”

“So unless there are any more questions, everyone stand. Hook up and keep your eye out for the green light.”

“Sir?”

“Yes, Higgens.”

“I have to use the restroom.”

“By all means.  Please step to the front of the line. I know you are in a hurry so if you don’t mind, you’ll be first. Hook up.”

“But.”

“Ah green light. Bye, Higgens.”

 

73 comments

  1. At least Higgins was given a parachute. Get the sense that the others considered giving him a backpack full of laundry.

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    1. Hahaha. I think the head guy was thinking that too.

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  2. LOL! That´s a good one.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene.

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  3. Just don’t look down . . .

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    1. Very practical, Liz.

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  4. Interesting take, John. Once again, you’ve outdone me on inventiveness. BTW: A skydiver was once asked why he would want to jump out of a perfectly good plane. His reply? Show me a perfectly good plane and I won’t jump out of it.

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    1. That is a darned good point, Keith. Murphy’s law covers the reliability of mechanical devices.(fail in direct proportion to the need to keep running) At least with a lawnmower you aren’t falling at the rate of 32 feet per second.

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      1. By the same token, John, I lost count of the number of times I hit one of my trees with my Snapper ride-on in France. Slightest bit of damp on the grass and the damned thing had all the cornering ability of one of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class cruise ships.

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      2. In college I worked for a nursery. I was mowing a huge lawn the ended at a lake. That day for some reason the mower (big Locke 3 reel walk behind) started slipping sideways and went over a retained lip and sank in the lake. The boss was less than happy. That thing weighed hundreds of pounds and there was no way to bring any equipment on the lawn to hoist it out. Finally six guys managed to get it out. I made it a point not to do anything wrong for the rest of the season.

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      3. I feel for you. I had a motorised scythe mower (I think that’s what it was called – I knew it as a motofaucheuse) that I used to hack away at the nettles and brambles that regularly overran the banks of our run-off pond. I came close to losing it over the side on a number of occasions!

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  5. Sooo. Did Higgens go “Wheeee” or wee? 😂🤣😂

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    1. All the way home, I’m sure. 😂

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  6. God one, John. I’m sure everything came out ok for Higgens.

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    1. I’m sure it did, Dan. He wasn’t the one who went through the barn roof.

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  7. Close your eyes!

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    1. And cover your ears.

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  8. Poor Higgins! I think I would be with him though, trying any means possible to avoid that jump.
    Fun story, John!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. Me too.

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  9. Buahahaha!

    The nearest restroom is ten thousand feet down and to the right.

    And yanno, that is a question I would have asked. Are we absolutely CERTAIN there is land below those clouds?

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    1. I know right? You could also look at it as 10,000 feet of restroom. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. Haha! That IS more like it.

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    When I was a kid, I’d think about how much fun it would be to dive into the clouds. Now I’m with Higgins. 😊 Great dialogue, John.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. 😁

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I always thought I’d skydive someday, but now it would probably be through a character. Good one John, that’s one way to find a barhroom lol.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. It is a sure way I’m thinking.

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  12. So happy for Higgins! Relief is so satisfying! 🙂

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    1. I know right.

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  13. Oh my!! I’m laughing out loud at this one. Poor Higgins. Sure hope all ended well. 🙂

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    1. Yup. He fell into a pond which covered up his other indiscretion.

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  14. Something tells me after that first step he no longer needed the restroom.

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    1. I think he had the whole wide world at his disposal.

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  15. Bathroom at 10,000 feet – that should be the title! haha And here I was thinking of going out for a walk on the whipped cream highway. (Oh dear, I do think I’m ready for the gentlemen in white coats and the lollipop guild!!)

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    1. Hahaha. I think you are moving toward the romantic in you. 😊

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      1. Whoa! I didn’t think I had any of that left!!

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      2. Look deep into the heart. You have a big one.

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      3. Oh, now look what you went and did – me blushing. You can’t tell anybody!!

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      4. Your secret is safe with me. 😂

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  16. I’m with Higgins, no gargoyles up my parachute, thank you very much! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Jacquie.

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  17. So many answers and so little time. Poor Higgins. He will be remembered first after this jump.

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    1. I thin so. His nickname will be yellow stream.

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  18. Great one, John. I don’t think I could jump into clouds. And poor Higgens. He thought he had a good last stall tactic…

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    1. At least he won’t be worring about a restroom now. Thanks, Barbara.

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  19. Poor Higgins. Guess he learned pretty fast that it doesn’t pay to stall by demanding a bathroom break. Hmm, wonder if I could transfer that knowledge to Monkey?? Nah, probably not.

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    1. Nah. Monkey just needs to get older.

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      1. He’s trying … just not fast enough to suit his mama!

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      2. Yes. I can imagine. The key to puppy training is mama training.

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  20. OMG! I have a feeling Higgins won’t need a restroom once he touches ground. 🙂 Great one, John!

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    1. So true. Hopefully he will land in some water as a cover. Thanks, Lauren.

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      1. 😂😂😂😂

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  21. I’m with Higgins. How do you know what’s down there? It could be fake land.

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    1. Those clouds could be cement too. Thanks, Goeff.

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  22. I can honestly say I don’t blame Higgins one bit! If I can’t see, I ain’t jumping!
    Something tells me Higgins will be humid before he lands….
    Too funny!

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    1. I think you will be right. Hopefully there is a nice pond that he can drop into.

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      1. Buahaha! Then he won’t be embarrassed should….

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  23. Poor Higgins!

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    1. I know right. Hope he lands in a pond. 😁

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      1. I do, too!

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  25. My thought is that Higgens no longer needed the restroom when he landed. 🙂

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    1. Nope and hopefully he landed in a pond.

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