Friday Fictioneers – Not an Option

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Not an option

Pain flickers, then flares.

The sound of my pulse is loud and swift.

I can smell blood; my own blood.

My eyes open on an unfocused world.

Forty feet below me lie the shards of my mobile phone. Ten feet above me is the canyon’s rim. Unless I climb those ten feet, I have no hope of rescue.

I nearly faint as I take the first step on my shattered left ankle.

I clutch a rock. Failure is not an option.

I struggle out as the sun is setting. There is a Jeep. I wave – and it turns towards me.

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35 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Not an Option

    • This is based on what I believe to be a true story about a young man. Despite broken bones and other injuries he climbed out of a canyon and attracted the attention of those who were out ;looking for him. He survived.

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  1. “I clutch a rock. Failure is not an option.” Raw determination is what it takes in desperate circumstances. It helps when you know there’s help just around the bend – would that be hope? Well told.

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