Mondays Finish the Story – October 13, 2014 – The Winch

Using the image below and this opening sentence complete the story in 100 – 150 words

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The people waved at him from the bridge below.

Six kilometres upstream the dam had burst and a massive wave was on its way downstream and would surely take out the bridge and anyone on it at the time.

He thought he had time to lower the safety rope and winch the family, waving merrily to him, to safety.

The loudspeaker they normally used was out of service. He hoped the sight of the winch would indicate a state of urgency for the family.

The watching family stepped back as if expecting the crew were practicing some new manoeuvre.

Despite calls from the co-pilot the family couldn’t hear him over the noise of the helicopter.

The pilot went home that night, the looks of horror on the families faces, etched forever in his mind.

 

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13 Responses to Mondays Finish the Story – October 13, 2014 – The Winch

  1. Oh Michael what a horrible ending! Well done for the prompt photo and pic but 😔 so sad.

  2. Lyn says:

    I’m with the ramblingmumma,’ a great take on the prompt, but such a sad ending. That would be enough to make you quit and become a hermit 😦

  3. Gabriella says:

    Interesting prompt. You did well, even though it is a tragic story.

  4. babso2you says:

    I love your take on this photo! Well done! Stay tuned for the next challenge coming up in less than 24 hours! ^..^

  5. mandy says:

    Anxiety-packed ending, Michael-whew! First post reading of my Sunday morning 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  6. JackieP says:

    How unlike your other writings Michael. So tragic! It was well written, but as others have said, so sad.

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