The Harbingers – Friday Fictioneers, February 2020

Copyright Ted Strutz


She watches from the terminal building as they drift up the rear steps of the aircraft.

She’s seen them before at the shopping mall, climbing the escalators minutes before the terrorists struck.

They’d been gathering in the foyer the night the theatre caught fire.

And gliding between the bookshelves at the city library before…

Her claims have been dismissed.  Delusional, attention seeking.

“Will the two remaining passengers for Flight BA 3612 please go to Gate 17 immediately!

Turning away, she collides with an older man.

“You see them too, don’t you?” he pleads.

“No,” she says, defiantly.  “I just changed my plans.”


This morning it was almost light as I sat down at my computer (punches air with delight).  Spring is on its way!  Thanks to Rochelle who always has a spring in her step as she leads the Friday Fictioneers out for the weekly dance.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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58 Responses to The Harbingers – Friday Fictioneers, February 2020

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Nicely imagined, Sandra


  2. Tannille says:

    More to this story. The world is controlled by silence. Well done.


  3. ceayr says:

    You do creepy and scary as impeccably as you do subtlety.


  4. Seems she has escaped these angels of death a few times before, judging from the number of times she has seen them. An imaginative piece.


  5. Colline says:

    This piece is creepy Sandra!


  6. Dear Sandra,

    Sometimes it’s best to admit to nothing. Well done.



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  7. Really scary. I read a story that Lord Kitchner had a terrible dream that prevented him from boarding HMS Titanic in 1912. I tend to heed those feeling myself. Well done.


  8. Sue says:

    Great write, Sandra!


  9. granonine says:

    Excellent, Sandra. Sometimes it pays to see what others don’t.


  10. pennygadd51 says:

    What a last line! That’s the way to do it! Kudos, Sandra.


  11. How many more close shaves will she have I wonder. It’s surely only a matter of time…


  12. This is fantastically woven and chillingly plausible, Sandra! Well done.


  13. Nobbinmaug says:

    I like the Twilight Zone vibe. “There’s a man out there.” “No, Mr. Shatner. That’s just your ego.”

    This is well crafted and creepy. “Gliding” grabbed me. I was imagining a terrorist group up to that point. Seeing them would be a nice power to have if she can retain her sanity.


  14. msjadeli says:

    Well-crafted tale, Sandra.


  15. oneta hayes says:

    Very well done, Sandra. Perhaps the Lord revealed things to her for the saving of others but she only saved herself. Maybe a serious message to us. An influential piece that speaks to me.


  16. plaridel says:

    sixth sense or whatever, she one the gifted ones.


  17. bearmkwa says:

    That was awesome! Love her “vision”. As someone once said, I think Shakespeare “There are more things on heaven and earth than are dreamt of in men’s philosophy…” I believe there are “angels” among us everyday.


  18. Iain Kelly says:

    Great story. I am sure humankind would react in exactly this way to someone who insisted they had these visions.


  19. michael1148humphris says:

    A story I enjoyed, and thank heavens the buds are swelling,,


  20. tedstrutz says:

    Some nice sci-fi, Sandra. A friend took this photo and I liked it knowing some good stories would come. You can see her work here…


  21. Dale says:

    Oh, this was so good, Sandra! Good for her on sticking to her gut and turning away!


  22. draliman says:

    Very chilling, nice one!


  23. Very suspenseful from the first line. Your stories always hook me from the start. It’s sad noone believes her, except for the mysterious man who also sees “them.” An interesting beginning to a much longer story. Excellent writing!


  24. Liz Young says:

    How sad that she didn’t feel able to agree with the old man.


  25. Russell says:

    There is something to that, or so I’ve heard. The research shows that planes that crash have an unusually high percentage of no-shows. Makes you think. Great take on the prompt!


  26. Oh wow I love love love this one! Fabulous story x


  27. James McEwan says:

    Knowing they were ghosts is perhaps the scary part – if only you didn’t know. I like the denial at the end.


  28. I love the flow of your story, not a word wasted, and that you leave the question hovering – are they harbingers ?


  29. This is so intriguing! So many possibilities.

    Liked by 1 person

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