The Others


PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas

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Downtown passersby were aghast as they watched a man wave goodbye to the woman with one leg dangling out of the second-floor window.

“Do something! She’ll fall.”

Instead of responding to an emergency, the man in the baseball cap smiled. “No, she can’t fall. You see she’s…”

Sirens approaching from the east told the gathering crowd that someone had called 911.

The man yelled up at her, “You’re going to have to prove it.”

“But we’re not supposed to show off,” she replied.

“Too late for that.” Then he beckoned her to come out all the way.

She flew.

This is my February 3rd entry to the Rochelle Wisoff-Fields photo writing challenge. The idea is to use the accompanying photo as a prompt to write a story of 100 words or less. Mine is 99.

I couldn’t think of what to write when I looked at the photo very early this morning, so I did other things for a while. The idea of someone sitting in such a precarious position while someone else is casually waving to her seemed a tough one. So I came up the thought that these can’t be ordinary people. Unfortunately, they were a little too casual about their abilities.

To read other stories inspired by the prompt, go to inlinkz

To find a list of my published fiction works, visit the Fiction Publications on my blog Powered by Robots.


29 thoughts on “The Others

  1. Not sure what all the fuss is about. The window isn’t all that high, and the woman is sitting comfortably on the sill. Her posture is not all that precarious, and she is close enough to the vertical support to hold onto it. Much more suspense has been portrayed in various films with windows and ledges many stories and hundreds of feet above ground level, with little or no support beyond careful balancing.

    Nonetheless, James’s drabble delivers a delightful denouement with a flyaway scene that is neither too obvious or predictable nor entirely unexpected — at least, not for anyone who remembers the film “The Boy Who Could Fly”. I found it nicely whimsical.


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