Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
Today’s photo is by Adam Ickes, and my alter ego did a somewhat Shakespearean take on it back in 2014.
So here it is again, all the way from a sun-kissed Bonnie Scotland where I am seeking a solution to my continuing dextral problem.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.
Click here to hear me read this 100-word tale:
His heart leaps as he approaches the bridge.
He sees her on the other side of the great gorge, heading in the same direction.
They have been meeting here secretly for months now.
Their love is forbidden by their different backgrounds, different cultures, warring families.
But they will not falter.
Then he sees the figures on the bridge.
Her father, her brothers, carrying knives.
She waves him back frantically.
He walks onto the bridge, ready to make peace.
Her eldest brother steps forward and strikes.
As he falls, mortally wounded, he sees her climb the barrier and hurl herself off.