Fear (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)

“If you’re not afraid of flying, please explain to me why you’d rather we drive for fourteen hours instead of taking a two-hour flight, especially since, statistically speaking, it’s the safest way to travel, and if it’s claustrophobia, then you can have the damn window seat.”

Torrey shakes her head sharply, embarrassed and angry about being embarrassed. “I’m not claustrophobic, and it’s not agoraphobia either, and I’m not scared of heights, and I’m not scared of speed.”

“Then what?”

“It’s the panic attacks–can you imagine a panic attack, stuck in a narrow metal tube with 200 strangers and the threat of arrest for making a disturbance, at 35,000 feet up in the air? It really is true that there’s nothing to fear but fear itself!”

Photo: Gellinger

Every week, Girlie on the Edge hosts the Six Sentence Stories flash fiction link up and blog hop. This week’s cue: FEAR. Fun Sixes from other writers are at the link. Join us! It’s a blast!


Author: Deborah Lee

I like trees, dreaming, magic, books, paper, floating, dreaming, rhinos, rocks, stargazing, wine, dragonflies, trains, and silence to hear the world breathe.

6 thoughts on “Fear (Jane Doe Six Sentence Stories)”

  1. yeah! its that fricken threat of arrest that totally changes the ‘fear of flying’ equation!

    (I have always had a problem with that oh-so-quotable ‘nothing to fear but fear itself’ I mean, seriously, tricking a defenseless child into incorporating that poison in their worldview is the philosophical equivalent of a slave tattoo… )
    kind of feel strongly about that… lol

    hey! how about a Six Sentence Story duet sometime? Its fun and enjoyable! Choice of story settings! pulp detective or corporate shenanigans what ever you’d enjoy


  2. I never even thought about those who might have a panic attic while flying in an airplane. Thank you for a SSS that reminds me of a very real reason some people just cannot fly.

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