Friday Fictioneers – Switchback

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The screaming girls and the boys swallowing their terror in feigned insouciance. That was me once. I remember the stolen taste of candy floss on Carol’s lips. And the accidental brush of a soft breast in the chamber of horrors.

Carol was taken a decade ago. These days, I can only sit and watch. There’s always the possibility of a spectacular crash. I’d like that.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

67 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Switchback

  1. A story to read and re-read because there are a few threads to pull on. Very mysterious – did Carol die or did somebody take her? Was the storyteller always a bit of a psycho or did losing her turn him into one? Sounds like he’s permanently in his own chamber of horrors now.

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  2. I won’t call him bitter. I’ll call him stuck in the past that he probably built up to way more than it ever was so nothing else could possibly do…


  3. I’ve been watching too much “true crime” lately so “taken” took on a meaning for me that I don’t think you intended. I’ve read it three times now. I don’t feel his bitterness or sadness but rather that he’s open to a little schadenfreude.

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  4. There’s a powerful sense of emotion and character here: first in fleeting moments, sensations, and then in the more withdrawn, almost angry last couple lines. The contrast between the two really makes the story work.

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