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 the picture (below).
This week’s photo is once again one of Al’s own, and looks to me like his home town, Dover, gateway to France.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.
Click here to hear the author read his story:
Her fear of heights surprises me.
I thought she was afraid of nothing.
She comes from the northern highlands, has tried most outdoor pursuits – skiing, hill-walking, mountain-biking, and various other adventurous pastimes.
And yet she tells me she suffers from vertigo.
Although she arrived here only recently, she loves the Mediterranean almost as much as I do.
We walk the beaches and port regardless of the weather.
She clambers over rocks in gale force wind and driving rain, and she is unperturbed.
She stands at the end of the pier with the elements hammering at her face, and she laughs.
But she will not climb the lighthouse.
I tell her the views are spectacular, she shrugs, shakes her head.
I point out that the stairwell is enclosed, she can’t fall.
I promise I will hold her tightly at the top, she doesn’t even have to approach the rail.
She will not even consider it.
Nothing can tempt her up those steps.
Which is why I am now so confused.
Today is calm and sunny.
I had to run an errand, said I’d meet her here.
At the lighthouse.
Where her body lies broken.