Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Stuck Upright


It came as no surprise when they raised the bridge, and it stuck in the upright position. After years of neglect and the council crossing their fingers hoping for the best, the bridge stayed up.

The rust had become so bad there was a call for major refurbishment as the neighbours to the bridge had been complaining for years about the squeaking it made when being opened and closed.

All along the river, the old bridges had been taken down, and this one in our town was the last mainly because someone thought it a good idea to leave it as a relic of the past.

The inconvenience was profound. Priceless Joy the convener of the “Aspiring Writers’ Association was stuck on one side of the town unable to get home from the doctor and so had to ring her friend Joe to take over while she navigated her way home.

As it was everyone considered, an eyesore.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/fffaw-challenge-187th/


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16 Responses to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Stuck Upright

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Like many that start out as eyesores after a while it will become a landmark. Here’s looking forward to PJ making it back across 🙂

  2. Joe Owens says:

    Michael this was so enjoyable and what a way to cover the photo so well. I live in the U.S. and there is a popular tourist destination near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which had this kind of stuck bridge. At one time it was obviously a well-used piece of the transportation network.

  3. Abhijit Ray says:

    Too bad that the convenor was inconvenienced. I for one, love this kind of bridge. But I have not faced the same problem as Priceless Joy has.

  4. Ha, cute story. I too hope PJ gets well soon.

  5. Ha ha ha, coincidentally, my story too features an inconvenienced Joy 🙂

  6. The story has a nice flow to it. I like your addition of PJ. Well done,Michael. Let’s hope the bridge gets a makeover.
    Isadora 😎

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