Marcus stared out the window over the plane’s wing. Puffs of clouds floated by and reminded him of the cotton candy Lydia loved to eat every time the circus came to town. Had it been only eight months since she went missing?

Try as he might, Marcus couldn’t stop their last meeting from running through his mind. Spring break had just started and Lydia wanted to catch a plane to the coast. He could even hear her voice floating on the wind racing over the wings hanging outside his window.

“Come with me, Marcus. We could have such fun, you and I, ” Lydia teased him.

“Why would I want to spend my spring break shaking sand from my shoes and dodging air headed dames looking to pick up some rich dude?” Marcus argued.

Lydia threw her arms around his waist and pressed her body closer to his. “You could always give me your ring. That way every girl there will know you’re taken.”

She’d been hinting for the past several weeks she wanted to take their relationship to the next level, but Marcus never took the bait. As much as he loved Lydia, he just wasn’t sure he was ready to settle down.

Now he’d never know.

Lydia went to the coast on her own and vanished without a trace. The police at the time did whatever police do, but with so many college kids coming in for Spring Break, it was like finding a needle in a haystack.

The touch of the flight attendant’s hand on his shoulder startled Marcus back to the present. Turning to look at her, he had to really concentrate to hear her voice over Lydia’s.

“Would you like something to drink, sir?”

Impatiently dismissing her with a wave of his hand, Marcus turned back to the window, desperately trying to hold on to Lydia’s voice, but it was gone. Nothing seemed to matter any more after Lydia disappeared. Finally, Marcus decided to go after her. Maybe he would stumble over something the police missed. Maybe he’d get a chance to tell Lydia how he really felt about her. 

It was no longer about a little fun in the sun.

It was about redemption…

Okay, it’s your turn! Put your creative cap on and continue my story or start one of your own in the comments below…





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International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

2 thoughts on “FLASH FICTION TUESDAY: Redemption Road

  • April 16, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    As long as Marcus didn’t see Lydia on the wing of the plane, he will be all right.


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