Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
It made me think of another great bridge, in another great city, where they currently have problems with forest fires in the surrounding areas (see photo following story).
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Below is an example of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
The bridge is long and high.
The traffic hurtles in and out of the city centre, everyone in a hurry.
The rail has stopped, the city is dull.
I pause halfway across, intrigued by the low cloud and fog belt.
But I am aware of the two youths, twenty metres away, and their aggressive stance.
I am not yet concerned, but wary.
Then a slim Asian lad strides past me, texting as he goes, oblivious to his surroundings.
I sense disaster.
The two laugh as they accost him.
He is startled, confused, but they grab him.
With embarrassing ease they sit him on the parapet.
And casually push him over.
My blood freezes as I hear his scream disappear into the gloom.
I realise that I am running towards them, stop abruptly.
Do you have a problem, the larger one grins.
With what, I ask, and walk away.