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On the 3rd of March, with a headache suspiciously starting to feel like a migraine, I quickly got the prompt for that day’s Microcosms Fiction. The title is a bit of wishful thinking…

In terms of deaths per passenger mile, airplanes are statistically the safest mode of transport. But an airplane crashed, with loss of life, on this date (4th February) in 1953, 1972 and 1974.

Not wishing to tempt fate, let’s take a trip by a different form of transport today.


Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, transport and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – character: Business Person, transport: Car, and genre: Crime

The lyrics that got stuck in my head “leaving on a jet plane, don’t know if I’ll be back again” (or something like that) was very distracting. And the elements they gave didn’t inspire. So I pressed the spin button and got:

Bank Robber/ Ship/ SFF

So here’s my response to the prompt.

Migraine Cure

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren

The sound of someone sucking the last milkshake out a glass through a straw played on repeat. Diggle knew that it was just whatever sea creatures happen to be in the umber waters they were travelling over tasting the hull. Still, it grated on his nerves. It didn’t help either that he was suffering a full-blown migraine.

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Yeah, if things that gave temporary relief could only cure… The first line (also the judge’s favourite line: The sound of someone sucking the last milkshake out a glass through a straw played on repeat.) came from the very distracting sound the swimming pool makes when the water level isn’t perfect. Imagine having to listen to that over and over again while your head is pounding…

What do you think of this story? Is there anything you’d change or add? Do you like the colour of the sea in this story? Do you have a cure for migraines you’re hiding from the rest of the world?

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