The Staircase – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant wait for Friday
He just loves the Fictioneers
Is he becoming unhinged
By this weekly challenge
He is constantly pushing back his frontiers

He often has no clue what to say here
He is concerned that he may look absurd
How hard can it be
It must be easy
He only has to write 100 words

The idea is to write a very short story based on a picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright – Jennifer Pendergast

Copyright – Jennifer Pendergast

Fears and doubts crowd his heart like hyenas around the corpse of a wildebeest.

He stands as though petrified, unable to move his feet, gazing up the staircase.

He hears the sound again.

Like the shriek of the banshee, it chills his blood.

He breathes deeply, draws courage from his background, his training, his experience.

But he is unsure if he can handle this, his greatest test.

Better men than him have tried and failed, he knows.

Slowly he ascends the stairs.

As he reaches for the handle, the door is flung open.

‘Hurry up, man, the baby’s almost here’!

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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18 Responses to The Staircase – Friday Fictioneers

  1. kz says:

    so wonderfully done… wasn’t expecting that last line at all… and the emotions, very well-captured

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  2. JackieP says:

    nicely done. I wasn’t expecting the last line. 🙂

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  3. nightlake says:

    a very scared father..unexpected ending..this was good

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  4. denmother says:

    Love it!
    Denmother

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  5. R. E. Hunter says:

    You had me going right up to the last line. Well done.

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  6. boomiebol says:

    Very well done

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  7. pennycoho says:

    Excellent, I was sure it was a horror story, but then I’m guessing while a father waits he is filled with all sorts of scary thoughts. Really enjoyed your well executed words! 🙂 xx

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  8. deanabo says:

    I think you wrote the emotions and the feelings that this guy was feeling perfectly. Very good!

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  9. emmylgant says:

    Wonderful build up! Did not see that one coming at all! Great short; you continually amaze.

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