May 212015

Hello again, nice to see you. Ready for some micro fun? Read on:

Fear of flying, or pteromechanophobia, is a fear of being on an aeroplane, or other flying vehicle, while in flight. It is one of the more debilitating phobias as being unable to travel by air can mean missing out on foreign vacations, visiting relatives, and prevent travel for businesspeople. The possibility of a fatal crash is the most common cause of fear of flying but it may also be caused by other fears such as fear of enclosed spaces, fear of vomiting (from motion sickness), or fear of heights. Treatment can often be as simple as educating the person about how safe air travel actually is. Other people take a more direct approach and take a sedative.

The A-Team’s Bosco Albert ‘B.A.’ Baracus (played by Mr. T, who celebrates his 63rd birthday today) was so scared of flying (I ain’t gettin’ on no plane) that he had to be sedated, clubbed over the head, or otherwise tricked on to the plane when the mission were required him to fly. To say Mr. T, born Laurence Tureaud, has had an interesting life would be an understatement. He has been a wrestling champion, football player, soldier, bouncer, bodyguard, and actor. Mr. T helped with the clean-up after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Afterwards he stopped wearing his trademark gold chains, saying they were a sin before God and disrespectful to those who had lost everything.

Let’s wish Mr. T a very happy birthday with this week’s photo prompt:

Photo Credit: David Joyce via CC.

Photo Credit: David Joyce via CC.

The Judge

Judging this week’s contest is me!


A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with FEAR and ending with FLYING and incorporating the photo prompt.


Anyone, but especially you!


Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.


Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time:




Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.

Anything else?

Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.

Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!

Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.