Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week, once again, she has selected one of my photos as the prompt.
It shows a stretch of the Avenue Pierre et Marie Curie which ends at la petite calanque, the little cove.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
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Kids on Bikes
Look, says my wife, shaking the newspaper at me, another child has been killed.
Hit by a car when out on her bike, she tells me.
I stare at her in horror.
How many is that now, I ask.
That’s the third one since…
Her voice trails off, and she chokes back a sob.
It is just over a year since the accident.
Our son, our beautiful boy, was hit by a car on his way home from school.
On his bike.
He was seven years old.
All the protective equipment was useless.
He flew through the air and broke his neck.
This is a quiet little town in a quiet area.
There is hardly any traffic here.
And yet all these children are dying.
I sense my wife is watching me.
Her eyes are red with tears.
But there is something else there too.
I feel a chill seeping through my very existence.
It isn’t fair, she says, why should they be happy?