The Remains of the Day…

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“Excuse me ma’am, we’re going to have to see inside your carry-on.”

“What? Why?”

“Well, there appears to be something in a container we cannot identify.”

“I understand, but do we have to do that here… in the open? “

“I’m sorry. I’ll be as discreet as possible, but I need to look in your bag. Can you step over here with me please?”

“Michael, take your sister to the gate, I’ll be right there.”

“It is their father, we are taking him home.”

“I’m sorry for your loss ma’am.” The agent said softly as he gently closed the box.

This was written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you would like to play along, please follow the prompt below and give it a try!!

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47 thoughts on “The Remains of the Day…

    • Aww… I sowry girlfriend. This one was in the front of my brain. This exact thing (without real names of course) happened to my best friend 2 weeks ago. She had to take her kid’s dad’s remains through security and they opened her bag to see what it was. But they were gracious and kind when they saw the seal on the box. I just can’t imagine having to do that 😦


  1. Hey babe – your last comment did not come through to my notifications.
    You have NOTHING to apologise for??? You are fully entitled to say everything you need to AND SHOULD say Princess.
    You know what — just broke my heart to hear this is true and so close to home for you…
    You captured this scene so beautifully too. 😉


    • Yeah….it was sad. And kind of humorous. But it was a horrible day already for my friend. She didn’t need them opening the remains in front of her kids. The TSA was actually kind when he realized what it was.


  2. I bet this happens more often that it should. It’s a wonder people don’t have a certificate to turn over to security with their ticket to avoid just this situation.


      • Oh I know he was just doing his job. I’m sure it’s uncomfortable for the TSA agents as it is hard for the passenger to have to open a bag to reveal it’s a loved one.


  3. In a way, I was sort of relieved. For a minute I was thinking she might have had one of those battery operated toys in her bag. That would have been embarrassing. A very well written piece, Courtney.


    • Apparently you aren’t the only one who thought that…. Was never my intent but I can certainly see how it would be a possibility! You guys have dirty minds!! HA HA HA!!! Thanks for stopping by Russell! 🙂


  4. Courtney, Good story and well written. I can totally see how that can happen. I never traveled on a plane with ashes of a loved one, but we transported my mom’s ashes by car from NC to OH after she died so she could be buried next to my dad. —Sujsan


  5. And the title fits so well! At least some go home. Others want to be spread into the winds or ocean.
    I popped an addition onto the vampire story after reading Al’s link.

    Cheers, Jules


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