PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson
Klaus couldn’t make up his mind if the invention of the sticky, resilient tape was a good thing for mankind or a bad thing.
Andrei clicked the safety buckles around his torso. Klaus counted five clicks of safety.
He leaned over slightly to peer over the edge of the cliff. He estimated a three point five second drop to death. “You sure it’ll fly?”
Andrei glanced at his DIY paraglider made entirely out of duct tape and grinned. “Only one way to find out.”
Later, Klaus chuckled as Andrei slipped through the air like a feather. Lucky son of a…
Phew! Saved by the word count.
I googled unusual uses of duct tape and found that a duct-tape parachute was one of them! Some are just downright hilarious. Including a hammock, furniture upholstering, CPU boxes, and even a wallet!
Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Write a story in 100 words or less. Click the blue frog to add your story or read over 70 different stories based on this same prompt.
13 thoughts on “Russian roulette”
Duct tape really is a marvel. Not sure I would trust it to keep me flying though! 🙂
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Oh, but now I want to know how it ended, you tease! 🙂
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Now you have got me designing a duck tape airplane 🙂
That’s just nuts! Lucky for him…
Wow! I’m going to try that.
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Great that you’ve taken your story in a completely different direction – downwards!
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The wonders of duct tape!
I really like the way you’ve written that, selecting critical details so they tell us simultaneously about the hardware and the characters. I particularly liked “five clicks of safety. ” Andrei may be bonkers but he’s not stupid!
Clever take on the prompt. While I know duct tape can be used for just about anything, I’m not so sure about this use. 😉 Well done.
Incase it did not fly, he still had his safety buckle. Unless safety buckle also was of duct tape.
Hope he had a secret parachute that opened & powered him up.
This is such an imaginative take, Fatima. Beautifully written, as always. 🙂
Last line made me laugh out loud. I love this.