29th February 2020 Weekend Challenge LEAP
“Life remains unchanged till a leap of faith runs towards heaven” ~ Santos Kalwar
Over on Weekly Prompts the weekend challenge from partner GC and me is Leap.
Fred enjoyed his solitary walks around the cemetery, and positioned at the end of the airport’s extended runway meant he had a magnificent view of the planes taking off from the highest airport in England.
Fred had witnessed many transformations since the 1960s, back then today’s busy airport was little more than a small aerodrome.
He seldom met anyone else here, except for those occasions where a unique plane would arrive, such as the one last year, the huge C-17 Canadian military transport plane.
On that day people abandoned their cars, and sightseers poured into the road below and spilled out onto nearby cattle tracks; children playing games ran around the cemetery, but worse still were those men that urinated over gravestones. Fred didn’t like seeing people being so disrespectful.
Now and again he saw a fair-haired lady park her car at the side of the cemetery, Fred noticed she usually carried a camera. He once tried to catch her eye to say hello, but she was preoccupied and didn’t notice him.
Fred had never in his life travelled on an aeroplane, and the more he gazed at the planes taking off, the more he yearned to be up there vanishing into the clouds; he vowed that one day he would gather up the courage and do just that.
At long last the day arrived that Fred had dreamed of, he watched the plane pick up speed as it travelled toward the end of the runway and as the wings rose above him, he closed his eyes and took a final leap of faith.
As Fred peered out from the small cabin window toward his grave below, a triumphant smile swept across his ghostly face.
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Weekend Challenge ‘Leap‘ from Weekly Prompts.
Picture Credit: C-17 transport plane and the cemetery Yorkshire Post Newspapers. Yeadon Aerodrome, Leeds History.co.uk.