Oh, Chute | Microfiction

Silhouette of parachute - "Oh, Chute" microfiction

“Wait, wait, wait. There’s something wrong with this parachute.”

“Really? But I checked it myself.”

“Really. Look. Someone’s tampered with it.”

“Well, shit.”

“Fuck! Good thing I noticed now. But this is serious. Who would do this? Do you think someone has it in for him? Trying to kill him off?”

“I dunno. Maybe.”

“Who, though? Not many people have access to the kit.”

“Yeah. That’s true.”

“Unless…”

“…”

“Dude, no.”

“What?”

“Dude!”

“What?!”

“Did you do it?”

“No! You’re crazy.”

“You did, didn’t you?”

“You gotta understand. The guy’s sleeping with my wife.”

“And killing him is a good solution to that? Just punch him in the face, man. Like a normal scorned husband.”

“He’s been sleeping with my wife for six years.”

“Oh. Ouch. That sucks.”

“Right? And it’s the perfect crime… skydives go wrong all the time. Nobody would have to know it was me. He’d be dead, just like that.”

“But it’s a tandem jump. The motherfucker would be strapped to me!”

“Well… sometimes we have to make sacrifices for what’s right.”

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Author: Ellie Scott

Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

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