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51 03 March 16th 2014

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (above) provided by Alastair Forbes. Click the pic for his site – click the blue guy at the bottom to view more tales and/or add your own!


9:03 AM

Driving – running late again

Hurry every chance I get.

Child – between parked cars
Motion – she’s running

What the hell, kid?

Speeding – not much
Grip – white knuckles
Panic fills me

Do something!

Brakes – too little too late
Heat – face flushes
Prayer – I’ll change, I swear
Choices bring consequences

Focus on the kid.  Fix your life later.

Jerked – missed the kid
Wet road – sliding
Over-corrected – out of control
Traffic – can’t stop
Metal hits metal

I locked eyes with that woman before I hit her.

Quiet – silence fills the car
Seat belt – tight against my neck
Coffee – suspended in mid-air
View – asphalt
Floating – I’m upside down
Time stands still

I’m sorry…

Windshield – filled with crosswalk
Noise – scream stuck in my throat
Jolt – air driven out in a huff
Taste – copper in my mouth
Smell – coffee, urine, gasoline
Pain – can’t breathe, trapped
Darkness envelops me

Have mercy – I saved that little girl.

9:04 AM


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1 Minute — 5 Comments

    • Thanks Al! I tried to spend a little more time editing/tightening this week. I usually get so caught-up in your photo prompts that I want to submit right away 🙂
      Thanks for another awesome prompt!

      • You’re welcome, and thanks 🙂 I was going to use next weeks prompt this week, but thought it was a little too soon, so it will stay next week heh

    • Exactly what I was going for – thanks! When I saw the prompt, I immediately thought of a time when I rolled a vehicle (very different circumstances…and many moons ago). It was very surreal to watch the windshield go from sky to grass to sky.

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