The Vessel: Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now.
A short story submission by Martha Lueders
If I wore a cape, I’d transport myself to the edges of the globe. But I suppose a winged jet will have to do.
This was what I was thinking as I laid on the grass knoll outside of El Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I watched the jets soar overhead heading to unknown destinations. Their decorated tail wings glistening against the hot, afternoon sun.
Just a few hours earlier I had been sitting inside one of those winged beasts, peering out of the window at the exotic landscape below. The island brimming with palm trees was much different than my snowy, solitude back home. This was a chance to escape the icy tundra and absorb some Vitamin D as I embarked on my first solo, international adventure.
I glanced to my right and there was another winged flyer salsaing through the air — a kite. It cartwheeled through the air beckoning laughs from the young toddlers below who tugged on the kites’ strings.
Oh the freedom I’d feel if I was aboard that kite. The wind whipping through my curly mane, the cool atmosphere filling my lungs and my heart thudding excitedly against my ribcage.
I ached for that feeling. And, for so long, I thought it was unachieveable.
Yet, lying there on that grassy knoll peering at the jets and kites I felt as though I was careening through the air on the wings of a kite or with a cape strapped to my back. I felt thrilled to be here, in the unknown — living.
Without a cape or wings to soar the skies, I can still live wildly and unapologetically. It just takes a tidbit more planning and extra patience for my pilot.
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A wonderful piece by Martha, and a huge thank you to her for showing off her talent. Do consider looking at her website and look around; see if you like it. She is a “journalist traveling the world, uncovering one hidden gem at a time”. I took a look around, and it is a neat blog and easy to navigate. Consider following her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well.
I started this new “Feature Friday” collaboration in which I ask people–usually bloggers, but non-bloggers are also welcome–to write their own response to one of the writing prompts here on the blog. They also have the option to make their own prompt and send it to me for a chance to get featured. In humble thanks for their work, I link their blog and any other social media accounts they want people to visit. I think this is going to be fun!
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