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A man settles down into his middle seat. He’s travelled by plane many times.

But this time, he’s in for the most turbulent five minutes of his life.

The fear of dying gets him thinking and his final words make him realize.

What exactly?

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Ray buckled himself into his seat. He always chose to be seated in the middle. For many frequent flyers that choice would be denounced and labeled the ‘sin of flying’. Who didn’t want to look out the window or have easy access to the aisle? But Ray wasn’t like others. He enjoyed the comfort of […]

Five Minutes in the Middle of Death by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores // Editores: Manuela Timofte / j re crivello

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26 Comments on “Five Minutes in the Middle of Death by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores // Flash Fiction Story

    • Thanks so much, Cassa. I guess the fear of dying made him realize that he wasn’t even living while he was alive. Definitely, a light bulb moment. 🙂

  1. I love this story. I commented over at the Masticadores site, but wanted to add here that your characters are so vibrant and alive, even in a short flash-fiction format. You really have a gilded touch when it comes to creating realistic folks to inhabit your tales. 🙂

    • That’s really sweet of you, Mike. I like focusing on characters in my stories. I guess the real world and the fictional one is all about people, their problems, and the resolves that they must make. Don’t they say – tap into emotion. I guess that’s the only thing that binds us together. Good, bad, or ugly is another story altogether. Haha! Many, many, many thanks! 🙂

  2. I love this story… and I’m also glad that I’m not going on a flight any time soon. I’m not the bravest of souls and the mere thought of turbulence is enough to make me want to walk. I often wondered about the middle seat, Terveen. Never thought, someone would actually ‘love’ being squished between two strangers, but I could totally believe Ray and his reasons for liking it. Five Minutes in the Middle of Death, and hopefully a whole new life after that, a second chance. Better late than never.

  3. I read this while on sabbatical. A brilliant story in its own right but that kick-ass ending …..

    • Thanks so much, John. Yes, kick-ass is the perfect description. Haha! Please enjoy your break. Hope it’s relaxing and refreshing. 🙂

  4. Terveen, I’ve read all these posts I am “liking” but WordPress keeps “Unliking” when I leave your site and return to see my “Likes” aren’t there. It happens with everyone’s posts, not just yours. So I’m attempting to “Like”, again.

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