Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:  Wing Walker on the Stairway to Heaven.

 Fighter airplanes were used by the allies in their efforts against Hitler and the triple axis. 

When the plans arrived home and were repaired, wing walkers such as Genia performed acrobatics on the wings of the fighter planes. 

The boys who flew them were a gas. Genia had great times with them at the nearest dance hall. That’s where she met Andy. 

Andy was handsome and he cracked Genia up. He was an ace pilot who hadn’t returned from his last mission months ago. Genia knew he’d been dropped.

She was light on her feet and Genia lived for adrenaline, performing for the airforce and providing entertainment to keep people’s mind off of the war.

A pilot who liked Genia, Chester, had taken her up that day as the crowds clapped and shouted from below. 

Genia worked on her new routine, knowing she was attached to the plans wing if she fell. She heard something snap and the snapping caught her off balance. 

Chester watched in horror as Genia fell from the sky, an acrobatic beauty on the stairway to heaven. 

Genia felt “she’d been waiting years for this day,” to be with Andy at last.




Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting FFftPP.  Also, thank you to The Daily Prompt for the word prompt stairway.


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.

16 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:  Wing Walker on the Stairway to Heaven.

    • mandibelle16 May 1, 2016 / 1:18 am

      Thank you. Yes, extremely bittersweet. But I think that was life during a world war 😦

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  1. luckyjc007 April 30, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    It’s horrible to have such an a accident like that, but remarkable that she turned it into something positive by believing she was going to be with Andy again. Wonderful story with a sad , but unusual positive ending.

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    • mandibelle16 May 1, 2016 / 1:16 am

      Thank you Jessie. It was a sad time, with death a constant for people all over. Her death is unfortunate but she’ll be with Andy as you say. Thanks for your thoughts.

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    • mandibelle16 May 1, 2016 / 1:14 am

      Yes, I think she will be now. That time in history, I think death was more a part of life, as sad as Genia’s death is.

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  2. Lynn Love May 1, 2016 / 8:36 am

    A great idea, Mandi – setting the story during the war. I did the same. But yours is such a sweet, romantic, tragic story – I could see this being longer, showing us the love between the two leads, exploring the love, loss, dtermination to continue in the face of all out war. Nicely done 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 May 1, 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you Lynn. Yeah it could make a cool longer story, I agree. The WWII setting was interesting. I did do a bit of basic research looking up some slang from the forties and doing a bit of background reading on wing walkers. Apparently, before the end of WWII these girls would do it not even attached to the plan! Thank you for your comments.

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      • Lynn Love May 2, 2016 / 7:08 am

        What a terrifying job! They must have been steely, ferocious women! Definitely more stories to be had there. A pleasure to read, Mandi 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 May 2, 2016 / 4:37 pm

        Yes, I think they were. I did a bit of research. Their were wing walkers in circuses and on plans since the 1920’s. It wasn’t until at the end of WWII that they said they had to be attached to the plane scarily enough. Sad in this story, bc that doesn’t work but she is happy to see Andy again. Thank you Lynn 🙂

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  3. Joan May 1, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I know that it was a fulfilling feeling for Genia though it was sad to have go as well

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    • mandibelle16 May 1, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Hey Joan. Yes, I think despite enjoying what she did, she wanted to be with Andy and missed him, more then I can say in flash fiction word count. I appreciate your comments and thanks for reading.


  4. Annie May 2, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    How tragic… Though she got to be with her love in the end. Great take for the prompt, Mandi!

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