Bridge – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by the one and only C. E. Ayr.

© C. E. Ayr

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Bridge

I have a rope around my neck.
My hands are tied behind me.
They drag me like a dog onto the bridge.
It’s a solid structure, built of stout timber.
Quite strange, because there isn’t a decent-sized tree for miles.
That’s why they’re going to hang me from the bridge.
It crosses a wide gorge, with a fast-flowing river far below.
I am a big man, over six foot and heavily-built.
Johnson, tugging the rope, is a weakling.
I’m pretty sure he’ll let go.
Fingers crossed.
I bend over the barrier, and lift my feet.
It’s a long way down.

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79 Responses to Bridge – Friday Fictioneers

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  2. Love the cliff-hanger feeling here. A great snapshot of a story.

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  4. You create a strong sense of time and place, with the big man at its centre. A compelling tale ceayr.

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  6. plaridel says:

    his chance of surviving from the fall is unlikely, but you’ll never know.

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  7. Great writing and building up the suspense. Thanks for donating the picture for this week too.
    -David

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  9. I’d say he’s not in a very good position. But, I guess by jumping he has a chance. You always offer an excellen read, CE!

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  10. draliman says:

    Maybe he’ll take Johnson with him…

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  14. James McEwan says:

    It appears to me he has no choice, but to jump. the question is, will he survive the fall or else break his neck on the way down? There are others to hold and help Johnson, or would it be better to let him fall?

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  16. bearmkwa says:

    Love it. Talk about high-dive. Hopefully, Johnson is just weak enough to lose the rope.

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  19. Ominous and tense. I hope he got away. Good one CE, based on your own photo.

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  20. AshleyDannie says:

    I always enjoy your tales. I could see the scene in my mind! Well written!

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  22. Mike says:

    You almost gave me vertigo, great writing

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  25. Cheating the gallows, nice tale, I hope he makes it. Nicely done sir

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  27. jwdwrites says:

    He’s a brave man, not giving up hope to the end.

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  29. He seems most certainly to be taking it quite well

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  32. Nobbinmaug says:

    Hoping for a Butch & Sundance-style escape or “escape”?

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  34. You made it sound like a fervent death wis. Nice build up..to what? I, like others, am left hanging, Ceayr.

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  37. You are sounding highly strung ‘ole chap!

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  38. granonine says:

    This reminds me of a story I used to teach in American Lit. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce. Only in that story, we’re are with the victim as he dies. You, however, have left us. . . .um. . .hanging 🙂

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  39. Loved the tension (excuse the pun) in this story! I wonder if he’ll survive the fall?

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  40. Anita says:

    I think Johnson won’t attempt & our hero will be safe.
    Long legs and height to the rescue!

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  41. And he lived to tell the tale. I like the dark humour in it 🙂

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  43. Iain Kelly says:

    Love the way you see a river and a rope in the photo, it does have that look of a flowing river. Great stuff – hope he makes it!

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  44. Tannille says:

    And suddenly he wakes up? Great storytelling!

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  45. Sandra says:

    A cliff-hanger of an ending there, CE. Well done.

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  46. Dear CE,

    It’s a long way down if Johnson lets go. You left us hanging. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  48. This… somehow reminds me of Victorian times and I wonder, what has happened to the ‘I’? Why are they tied? Are they alright? Great story, though.

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  49. neilmacdon says:

    Desperate times and desperate measures

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  50. Reena Saxena says:

    Leaves us on more than a life-saving hook 🙂

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