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The Terror of Flight 13

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The Terror of Flight 13
The Terror of Flight 13
Chronological information
Previous story Hearts to Ashes
Next story A Life's a Fish and Then You Fry Valentine's Day


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Story written by Chakor Channing
Ryderfor (assistant writer)
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The Terror of Flight 13 is a Life's a Fish and Then You Fry short story of February 2013. The story is a parody of the famed The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".


A gremlin-like creature is seen sneaking onto an airplane at an airport at 4:08 PM. Frank and Chakor Channing board a flight to Florida. However, Frank realizes that they are boarding flight number 13 of the evening and he becomes paranoid believing that the number 13 is bad luck, hence being bad luck to board flight #13. After boarding the plane and taking off at 9:00 PM, the gremlin is spotted by Frank. Frank becomes convinced that he is seeing things, so he pulls his window curtain down, closes his eyes, and tells himself that it's all in his head.

However, Frank later opens the curtain to find the gremlin pulling out one of the metal boards on the plane's wing. Frank then finally decides to shoot the gremlin with his non-metal handgun that he managed to sneak past the airport's security system. Frank opens his window and shoots the gremlin just as he and Chakor Channing land in Florida. The survival of the gremlin remains unknown. After settling in Florida, Frank settles down on a beach in a chair and enjoys a martini. Later, Chakor Channing appears to die while playing his pipe organ.



  • The entire story is a parody of the famed Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.
  • This is the first of the fan fiction stories to take place in Florida, with the second being Mind of Evil.
  • Interestingly, Chakor Channing returns as a living being in this story. In the previous story, Chakor Channing was a ghost, and was then destroyed. How Chakor Channing returns as a living being is not explained.

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