Photo prompt courtesy Sunday Photo Fiction

The queue at the entrance to the airport was getting longer by the minute. It seemed that the entire city of Seattle was embarking on a mass exodus.

Like zombies, they kept pouring into the terminal, their eyes vacant, faces blank, till there was no space left to accommodate them, till even the toilets were filled to the brim with the sea of humanity.

Inside the office of the Airport Manager, a War Council was in progress.

“I’ve never seen crowds like these, not even during the dreaded coffee drought,” remarked Emily.

Luke nodded vigorously and said, “The crazy thing is  these people don’t care where they go, as long as it’s not Seattle.”

“You would’ve thought the authorities would have anticipated this and planned for it,” Edward piped up.

Fuming, George contributed his two bits in an acerbic tone, “Ha! Unannounced visits by Seattle’s favorite son? You don’t have to be Bill Gates to know that taking Dr. Frasier Crane to people’s homes was not a great idea!”


169 words.

Written as a part of Sunday Photo Fiction, hosted by Susan Spaulding. The challenge is to write a story in 200 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. For more details visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


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At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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9 Responses to Exodus

  1. ceayr says:

    Now if it had been Nils, the queues would have been in the other direction!

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha, I wouldn’t mind Frasier stopping by for a chat! 🙂

  3. Susan says:

    This one is lost on me I am afraid. But it’s an enjoyable story, just the same.

    • Hi Susan, sorry for the confusing tale. Since it was Seattle Airport, my mind immediately connected it to Frasier, my all-time favourite TV Show. Frasier has a habit of going on and on, and so, he can really get on people’s nerves. So I envisaged a scenario in which the authorities foolishly decided to take Frasier to the homes of random citizens, and so everyone decided to leave the city for those days rather than risk Frasier’s company being forced upon them 🙂

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