The Bridge – Sunday Photo Fiction

AnElephantCant always write funny rhymes
Sometimes he has a humour restriction
But when he sees this canal
Posted by his pal Al
He knocks out a wee piece of fiction

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (below) provided by Alastair.
Follow the link to bridge the gap between real and imaginary, truth and fabrication.
But please first read AnElephant’s tumbling tale.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

The Bridge

They stroll hand-in-hand in the unseasonable sunshine, not long married, so much in love.
They head towards her mother’s house to share the joyous news of a first child.
As they reach the sharp curve at the end of the bridge he sees the van heading towards them, knows it is going too fast.
Out of control, it mounts the pavement only yards away.
He thrusts her to safety, hears the scream of brakes, sees the shadow looming over him, feels the impact.
He awakens in hospital, miraculously, with only minor abrasions.
Where’s Carol?
His brother breathes deeply.
When you pushed her to safety, she went over the parapet, landed awkwardly on the rocks in the river.
And broke her neck.

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 Bridge – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. I guess anelephantcan be clumsy and hurt the ones he loves sometimes…

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  2. Indira says:

    The elephant makes all sad but great writing skill.

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  3. draliman says:

    Tragic irony, very well written and very sad. Your story was in stark contrast to your very amusing opening poem which made the final blow that much harder!

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  4. Lyn says:

    No! No! No! How could you Sir Elephant?? Darn good piece of writing though.

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  5. Eleenie says:

    A lovely light-hearted piece! Clever, liked it 😉

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  6. EagleAye says:

    Oh so sad! What a cruel fate! So well conceived and written, Sir Elephant.

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  7. penshift says:

    Tragic ironies. I respect your character puppet mastery.

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  8. I saw that happening but when her husband pushed her I thought good she’ll be okay. Nice writing.

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  9. I really don’t know what to say which is, I think, the sign of a good story.

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  10. babso2you says:

    The like button is not working – so here is my like! Unexpected ending! Good one!

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  11. misskzebra says:

    How ridiculously tragic, yet I still feel genuinely sad for him.

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  12. Adam Ickes says:

    Wonderfully told with a killer twist. Excellent work, sir Elephant.

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  13. That’s some tragic irony. That’s about the time when I would want to have amnesia to forget all about it.

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  14. Steve Lakey says:

    That’s what you call a great twist at the end. Ouch! 😉

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  15. Oh, no! Such happiness, such tragedy. You do have a knack for storytelling. 🙂

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  16. Al says:

    Haha brilliant 😀

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  17. Sometimes it just fate. Great story.

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