She grabbed her carry on from the overhead compartment and walked to the door. She wished her ears would pop.
She walked down the jet bridge, the voices of the others mingling in her head.
As she emerged from the dark walkway, her eyes took a moment to adjust to the florescent lights of the terminal.
She was disoriented by the small crowd of passengers that had disembarked just ahead of her. Some were trying to find their next gate, others were trying to find baggage claim, a few were already pulling out cell phones to notify someone of their arrival.
Strangled by the stale air of the airport terminal, she felt dizzy. She looked up at the signs, and made a run for the exit.
She pushed through the double glass doors and filled her lungs with the fresh but humid air. She closed her eyes and felt the sun warm her face.
As the dizziness subsided, she opened her eyes and looked around. Cars were lined up along a curb, people milling about waiting for whoever they were waiting to arrive. Some were holding gifts for their loved ones. A few held simple signs with last names, drivers waiting to take important people to important places.
She saw a twenty-something man loosely holding a white sign with bold lettering, a cigarette dangling from his fingertips. She walked towards him, throwing her shoulders slightly back to mask her trepidation.
“Please, call me Matilda.”
“Welcome to Florida, Matilda.”
This piece was written as a part of my fictional work-in-progress, Finding Agnes. You can find more about Matilda here.
Red Writing Hood is a weekly writing meme from the Write on Edge community. Constructive criticism is appreciated.
This week’s Red Riding Hood prompt: The prompt for this week is to use setting to deepen the development of your story. You can use it to give insight into a character or a conflict or simply to evoke an emotional mood from your reader. If you choose memoir this week, take us to a location that holds particular meaning for either a particular event or for your life as a whole. You have 250 words, so make them count!
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