The Ascent

Avatar Author: James P Anderson "If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you" Read Bio

The sun shone through the shades hanging from the window, laying streaks of light on the Captains face. He woke, rubbing the light from his eyes. It wasn’t long before he was shaven and dressed. His wings glistened on the front of his jacket as the sunlight entered the kitchen. Eating those two eggs was magnificent; they were the best he had ever tasted. Finishing the last of the juice, he headed out the door. The steering wheel vibrated in his hands as he drove.

His plane flew higher and higher, passing the tops of the trees and the skyscrapers. It passed the small clouds, and then the big ones. The sun struck the windshield, once again lashing across the Captain’s face. Passengers wondered when the plane would stop climbing, but it only flew higher.
The Captain lit a cigarette as he lay back in his seat, the sky turning a darker and darker shade of blue until eventually, black. The stars sparkled and reflected off his sunglasses. He grinned as his lighter floated out of his breast pocket.

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  1. Avatar Kay-Teaze

    cool – out of the ordinary. I was thinking, “what a glorious life this guy has”. Nice job.

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  3. Avatar N. Robertson

    Nice job scaring the passengers. And that sounds fun (but would he need oxygen up there?). And one other thing I noticed, would a plane actually have a steering ‘wheel’?

  4. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    But, yeah, planes have things like those ones you use on video games… like half a steering will. Not a gearstick.
    Other than that I’m liking the suicidal plane driver (as I used to want to be). Nice one.

  5. Avatar James P Anderson

    Yea haha some editing is needed i guess, i wrote this awhile ago, and the steering wheel is supposed to be the car he is driving on the way to the airport. I cant figure out how to make paragraphs on here. Thanks for the comments!

  6. Avatar Stovohobo

    I like the shift to the surreal at the end.

    As for paragraphs, there’s no such thing as indent here. If you want to make it look nice and paragraphy you have to double space like I did in this comment.

    Welcome to Ficly, anyways!

  7. Avatar James P Anderson

    Thanks for the tips !

  8. Avatar cthulhuburger

    Like the others on here, I had a bit of trouble with the transition from the car to the plane, but otherwise I quite like it. Well done!

  9. Avatar Gradual Uprising {LoA}

    I love this! It gets me out of my head, where I normally think, and puts me in some pilot who always had the dream to be in NASA but never made it there. Now he’d do anything to fulfill his childhood dreams. This is incredible!

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