Friday Fiction: Scatterbrained


Copyright - Douglas M. MacIlroy
Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy


As ditsy Penelope La Croix tumbled through the sky, her mind was all a-dither. Despite the exhilarating speed of her descent, she couldn’t help thinking she’d forgotten something very important.

‘Did I leave the iron on?’ she pondered, as she sped through the blanket of cloud. ‘Or did I forget to pay this month’s rent?’

‘Did I feed the cat?’ she worried as she hit three thousand feet. But it wasn’t that.

‘Wait, I remember! It was something the sky-diving instructor said…’

Penelope put her hands to her waist. The ground was approaching fast.

‘I’m supposed to pull the –

(100 words)


I had loads of problems getting into people’s sites last week (including my own!) so didn’t get to read as many stories as I would’ve liked. Hopefully WordPress have sorted themselves out this week.

For those who don’t know, Friday Fictioneers is a challenge to write a 100 word story from a picture prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and anyone can play. Thanks for hosting, Rochelle! And thanks to Doug MacIlroy for this week’s picture.

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25 thoughts on “Friday Fiction: Scatterbrained

  1. Ha. There are moments in life when we should definitely not get distracted from the moment.
    I had a parachute malfunction during a jump. It’ll wake you up in the morning, I’ll tell you that.
    Fun read. You set it up well. When I read, “…her mind was all a-dither” I knew I was in for something!
    I look forward to reading your next piece.



  2. oh man, i’m a bit of a scatterbrain myself ^^ i guess it’d be too much to hope that she’s ok…… 🙂 enjoyed this piece


  3. The angel Azrael will have his team ready to welcome Penelope to the Netherworld with a nice gift basket and a voucher for a stay at the Netherworld Hotel. He has a soft place in his heart for ditzy Darwin Award nominees.


  4. Dear EL,

    I hope Penelope turned off the iron. I’d had for her house to burn while she crashed. That is the ultimate forgetful moment…one she’ll soon remember. Good one.




  5. Well El, it’s not the fall that will hurt poor Penelope, it’s the sudden stop at the end. Ouchie. I had to laugh though. 🙂 Hope you are feeling better and the headaches are all gone.


  6. WordPress won’t let me post direct so I’m replying to the email. My comment was: ‘This is the best use of a title I’ve seen since the world began. Very EL-ly, immensely enjoyable.’


  7. why do parachuters cross their legs ? So you can screw them out of the ground.

    This was a good story, with the twisting humor we have come to expect from you.


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