Your Destination Has Not Yet Arrived

Avatar Author: wordwill I write things. I design things. I am also a co-founder of Gameplaywright Press. Read Bio

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I’m happy to report most of the turbulence seems to be behind us, and we’re back at a cruising altitude now. The rest of your flight looks like it should be fairly smooth.

“Unfortunately, it looks like we’re not going to make it to our destination, today. As you might imagine, this is due to spatial flux caused by the Proxima Centaurian spacecraft that was over London until just a few minutes ago. Their matter reorganization array has shifted our planet’s geography, so London is no longer there.

“As we do not have enough fuel to turn back now, we are going to proceed on to London’s former location, which seems to now be occupied by Los Angeles, formerly of California. London, meanwhile, is reported to have materialized in Peru, so please talk to your boarding agent about catching a connecting flight. If you were proceeding on to Tokyo with us, it’s expected to rematerialize in about 320 minutes.

“Please, now, sit back and enjoy your flight.”

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  1. Avatar Ronnie

    I love it when people refer to super advanced technology as though everyone should easily understand it. Great little read.

  2. Avatar wilw

    I love this.

  3. Avatar crescentdreams

    I like it a lot. Some of the syntax throws me out of the story a bit, but the idea of losing a destination due to scientific mistakes is awesome.

  4. Avatar threedot

    This is awesome – I signed up because @wilw pointed me to this story – I have a new vortex for my free time to get sucked into…

  5. Avatar Dockboy

    Awesome. Absolutely awesome. It always seems as though the over-technical speakings of a pilot make sense to us normals.

  6. Avatar Dokimazo

    Alonzi! That reminded me of the Dr. Well done.

  7. Avatar OrangeOreos (LoA)

    Haha, this was just plain funny! Awesome writing!

  8. Avatar David_J_Rust

    An excellent and succinct story; really sharp!

  9. Avatar lisaG

    I love the nonchalant tone of the speaker here.

  10. Avatar Vashau Taslet

    Loved this piece

  11. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    Great piece of work here. Now if only they could use that Proxima Centaurian Matter Reorganizer to move Earth to say - Alpha Centauri — that would be awesome.

  12. Avatar aboutferguson

    Nicely done. That was really fun to read.

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  14. Avatar g²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    Most amusing, I particularly liked the deadpan attitude of this. Nicely done!

  15. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Amusing vision of people taking extreme oddity in stride.

  16. Avatar Corey Williams

    Very nice. I thought it was really funny.

  17. Avatar Sneaky"LoA"Cleazy

    that’s vicious. Hope this was American Airlines.

  18. Avatar Music-Hearted

    Hahaha… this is great.

  19. Avatar Saint Chuck

    Brilliant, I love it! I can imagine frequent flyers might become quite aggravated after a time though.

  20. Avatar starfishpaws

    Great story!

  21. Avatar wordwill

    Thank you all for your lovely comments and your wonderful sequels and prequels. This has been profoundly encouraging — not just for me, I hope.

  22. Avatar Byn

    I’m stuck somewhere between “Whoa, trippy” and “Cool!” which may or may not actually be the same thing.

    I do love a good sci-fi story, and you’ve created such a mad cool universe in so few words; well done.

  23. Avatar Textual Phoenix

    This is just cool beyond words. I love it! Makes me wonder what happened to Vancouver, BC. :-D Nice job!

  24. Avatar Eloquent Mess {(LoA)}

    Hot damn! That’s a lot of [pr/s]equels! Wonderful story!

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