A Duet of Tales for #FridayFictioneers: ‘The Wind Beneath Their Wings’ and ‘Land, Sea and Air’

Every Friday, writers from around the globe join to write tiny tales in response to a photo prompt posted on Rochelle’s blog. It takes discipline to write a piece using only 100 words! It’s also fun to take part in the blog hop and to read the stories written by everyone else. 🙂

As we’re gearing up to launch Mosaic of Light in just 10 days’ time, I (Joanna) will do my best to visit those of you who are kind enough to comment on our stories. Thanks for your forbearance if I don’t get to your blog straight away!

Hope you enjoy our stories, even though we don’t feel they’re our best work. 😉

This week’s photo prompt has been supplied by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Image (C) Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Image (C) Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Joanna’s story ~ ‘The Wind Beneath Their Wings’

Angelique heard the engine stutter, saw the sudden bloom of flame. Acrid black smoke churned from beneath the wing. Around her, passengers screamed, a baby wailed, a man fainted.

Confusion. Panic. Drinks upset, food trampled; people everywhere, pushing and pulling, survival of the fittest.

Angelique remained serene. Spiralling her mind outward, she guided the pilot’s actions, calmed the co-pilot’s scattered thoughts, filled the aircraft with soothing light.

The damaged engine was isolated. The instruments normalised. The plane was back under control.

A young girl peeked over the seat in front of Angelique, and stared at her. “Pretty wings,” she whispered. “Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone there’s an angel on board.”

[111 words – some people believe 111 is an angel number, so for once I have deliberately exceeded 100 words!]


Ron’s poem ~ ‘Land, Sea and Air’

Silently passing above and below
Lifting pulling
Pushing me on
Further away than I have known
Over lands I’ll never walk
Unseen so needed
Connects back home

White horses and pushing clouds
Hair ruffled
Moving all unseen
Pulled in, pushed out, driving on
Powering on through
Left behind with you
With me everywhere

Touches us with distance between
Leaving exhaled
Into a mist
Seen through so unnoticed
Me not fulfilled
Outside this cocoon
Breathe together again

[76 words]



The tales written by other writers who’ve taken part this week can be found by clicking the blue frog below.

If you’d like to read any of our earlier stories, they can be found here and on our old blog.

We hope you enjoyed these tiny tales! If you like writing and want to take part in Fictioneers, please visit Rochelle’s blog for the “how to” guide. 🙂

All are welcome!

If you’d like to connect with us on Twitter, we are @LazuliPortals. 🙂

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals


27 responses to “A Duet of Tales for #FridayFictioneers: ‘The Wind Beneath Their Wings’ and ‘Land, Sea and Air’

  1. Both are beautiful, Joanne. 🙂


  2. Love the poem but your story was wonderful Joanne!


  3. Two marvelous entries.. But the angel wings got me totally 😉


  4. Dear Joanna,

    The story is beautiful. It is quite reminiscent of Lisa of Waiting for a Name’s Angelique series. Did you two collaborate on it?

    Ron’s poem is quite nice. As well.




    • Hello Rochelle,

      I’ve never heard of that series. Angelique just seemed like a good name for an angel. 🙂 I used to know a girl named Angelique and it sounded so exotic to my childhood ears, I never forgot it!

      Thanks for your lovely comment x

      Edited to add: I’ve now found Lisa’s blog and so understand why you mentioned it!


  5. Dear Joanna,

    Oh, this sounds so much like Lisa’s work in Waiting for a Name. I thought for a minute you were going to go the Gremlin on the wing route, but it turns out you wandered father afield to find your story.

    I loved Ron’s poem. Nudge his elbow and tell him so, will you?




    • Dear Doug,

      I really must look this series up, now that you’ve mentioned it as well as Rochelle! 🙂 I guess all my proofreading has firmly embedded the “love and light” aspect of my writing into the present moment! 🙂

      I will certainly give Ron a nudge. 30 miles is a long way to manage it physically, but email will probably do the trick. 😉

      Thanks for visiting, and Aloha 🙂

      Edited to add: I’ve found Lisa’s blog series now. 🙂


  6. Lovely, both.
    I’ve always thought that if anyone could see an angel, it would be a child. And the poem has such rhythm and force…Please email Ron.


  7. I can see why your story reminded Rochelle and Doug of mine, so I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m complimenting myself when I say your story was serenely beautiful! Anyhow, my Angelique probably would have let the plane go down – saving lives isn’t really her specialty – so the passengers and flight crew, as well as we readers, can be thankful for a second Angelique! 😉


  8. Lovely story and poem, Joanne. I too was reminded of Lisa’s series of Angelique flashes, but since I always enjoyed those, it was nice to revisit the concept again.


  9. Both good stories, but I particularly liked the first. Good effort!


  10. It’s actually been while since I read poetry, and yours reminded me why I like it.


  11. Dear Joana, Love the poem and the story – really thankful if you’d be on all my future flights! Good job! Nan 🙂


  12. Joanna, I agree that both your story and Ron’s poem were lovely. Both were well written. How sweet that the child can see the angel’s wings. 🙂 —Susan


  13. If only every flight had such and angel on board – I loved the way she took control. And I’m still mulling over Ron’s poem – keep re-reading and finding something new.


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