FFfPP — Sabotage

5E844609-AE3F-43BB-BA80-5D4F6914BBE1“It was sabotage,” Jeff, the hot air balloon pilot, said. “Someone was out for the destruction of my balloon. He punctured my propane tanks, which resulted in a fuel leak and the burners to fail, causing the balloon to crash.”

“I see,” Detective Morissey said.

“It was scary,” Jeff said. “My passengers started screaming as we fell to the ground. My  job is to look after the well-being of my passengers. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.”

“So,” Morissey said, “Who do you think is behind this, and why?”

“This was not just a fortuitous incident. See that balloon up there?” Jeff asked, pointing to the red, purple, and green balloon. “That pilot is responsible. He used to be the big shot around here. But earlier this year I won the Balloonist of the Year award and I’ve been gaining passengers ever since then. He can’t stand being in my shadow.”

“Okay, I’ll handle this,” the detective said. He went up to the pilot of the balloon in question, which had just landed, and started to question him.

“Did you have anything to do with Jeff’s balloon crash?” Morissey asked.

The guy didn’t bat an eye. “Who? Me?”

(198 words)


Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner from Roger Shipp. Image: freephotos.cc. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (destruction), Word of the Day Challenge (well-being), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fortuitous), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (shadow), The Daily Spur (handle), and Daily Addictions (bat).

Crime Can Be Fatal

FDB030B0-8A0D-45ED-B3D5-929CFEF41BFE“I got another corpse over here,” called out James Conover, the lead FAA investigator. He and his team were investigating the crash of a small, private jet in the San Andres Mountains in New Mexico.

“That makes three dead,” said Jack Jamison, a member of Conover’s team.

“Here, in the trees, is a fourth,” Janet Holmes, the team’s only female member, called out. “He apparently tried to parachute out of the plane before it went down, but the chute probably deployed too close to ground and the thin, gossamer-like material didn’t slow his descent down enough to save him.”

“Based upon the direction of the plane and its markings, when it went down, it seems to have been heading north from Colombia,” Conover said.

“And there are several hundred cocaine packages strewn on the ground next to the plane’s fuselage,” Jamison added.

“And as a former college professor,” Holmes said, “I’d call this is a teachable moment. Crime can be fatal.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (corpse), Ragtag Daily Prompt (jet), Your Daily Word Prompt (gossamer), and Word of the Day Challenge (teachable).