Twenty Five Thousand Feet

Avatar Author: Concerned Reader I ain't a writer right now, and I probably wont be one in the future, but I sure as hell enjoy the act of writing. I've only just started writing in the past few years, and even then have only produced short stories and s... Read Bio

I mash my foot to the floor, and the hum of the engines grows into a full roar. The atmosphere whistles around the small canopy of my Tesla X800 as I push it to the max. Both turbines are roaring behind me now, leaving twin streaks across the sky. The air in front of me compresses, the whole ship seems to quiver in fear, and then it passes into silence. I’ve left sound behind.

I love flying. It’s the only place where my thoughts clear. Up at twenty five thousand feet it’s just me, my ship, and my mind. Everything else just fades away. It’s the only place where I can find an escape from the hustle and bustle of the topside. Even the underground has become too loud. More and more people are immigrating every day. The constant tunneling machines and shouting of workers combine with the cacophony of traders and imports. Up here, I can escape from all of that. Make my own path through the stars.

“Hey! Hey Trilobite! Your times up! And shut the door behind you!”

Only three more years. Then I can fly for real.

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  1. Avatar The Third Robot

    I like. Though it seems like this fellow knows a lot about what it’s actually like to be up there without ever going and from what Sci-Fi has taught me, simulators are never the same.

  2. Avatar Concerned Reader

    Well, when you’re obsessed with something, you tend to fill in the gaps that the simulacra misses. Thanks for the rate!

  3. Avatar The Third Robot

    ah, good call.

  4. Avatar thelostgirl

    Nice little twist at the end. I’m intrigued by all the talk of immigrants and tunneling machines. You’ve created a whole world in a very short piece. Nicely done :)

  5. Avatar Magus Kyros

    Cacophony! Yes please. The time draws nearer that we can discuss five dollar nouns and adjectives.
    I feel like I need something to replace my old Basov 786 now.

  6. Avatar Jae

    Makes me want to know more about the world this character lives in.

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