FFfAW 4/1/2015 * Close Call *

The bull riders anxiously draw their numbers for the bucking bull they will ride in this year's Annual Spring Rodeo. Richard Lackey draws number #13, belonging to, “Hell with Horns,” a muscular bull with long wicked horns. The other riders are full-blown relieved they didn't draw Hell.

Richard, an expert bull-rider, knows this bull is something to be reckoned with. He says a quick prayer, hops on top of 'Hell' just as the gate flies open. 'Hell' kicks, bucks, and snorts, fuming with rage. Fifteen seconds later, 'Hell' is free of Richard and aims his horns right at his middle.

At that very instant, a clown, sporting bright red hair and a flashing red nose, runs into the arena, catching 'Hell's' attention. 'Hell' becomes confused. He stomps his hoof and snorts, giving Richard precious time to escape.

The enraged bull charges the clown, almost clipping him, just as the clown jumps over the railing to safety. The crowd claps and whistles.

Using his trembling hand, the clown wipes the dusty sweat off his brows.

174 words

Β© PricelessJoy/pal/2015

Photo Credit: pixabay.com ('free to use' photographs)
This story is my submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Weekly Writing Challenge. We are challenged to write a story using 100-175 words based on the photo that we are given. I hope you enjoy my story.

Where I live, the rodeos use clowns as a means to distract the bulls away from the riders when the bull riders are bucked off the bull. It is a highly dangerous job and the clowns generally do a fantastic job protecting the cowboys from the raging bulls.

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65 thoughts on “FFfAW 4/1/2015 * Close Call *

    • Thank you for your comment, when I was younger some of my friends were “cowgirls” dating cowboys, so we went to a few rodeos. πŸ˜€ Don’t do much of that anymore though. Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  1. Thrilling story PJ πŸ˜€ I was on edge till the last line and a vivid imagination rose over, of the clown wiping his sweat with trembling fingers πŸ˜€

  2. Very heart racing story! I can imagine the clown running for dear life and finally jumping to other side of the rail with relieve lol I’ve never known clowns took part of rodeos but it must be very entertaining. Great story! πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Really liked this. I remember rodeos when I was little. I especially loved the clowns and have a very high respect for the work they do to keep everyone safe and to tend the wounded. The work they do is above and beyond! Salute!

  4. Great and exciting story Joy! It’s nice to see the other reason for clowns instead of laughter and horror. I’m sure they are responsible for saving countless number of lives in rodeos. It’s such a responsible job.

  5. Wow, I did not know they did that!
    As far as I am aware, here in good old England, we don’t have anything concerning Rodeos.
    Very gripping and full of imagery!

  6. Love the name of the bull. And ‘The other riders are full-blown relieved they didn’t draw Hell.’ gave me a good laugh πŸ˜€

    And see, I learnt something here today. I had no clue they use clowns to confuse bulls… Great piece, PJ!

  7. At first I thought both would not make before “Hell” tramples them. Those clowns are real heros because they usually have to run for their lives. Very exciting piece of writing

  8. An exciting story, PJ, and a refreshingly different response to the prompt. The clown in your story was a brave man, who did a great job in distracting ‘Hell’. Really interesting … well done. πŸ™‚

  9. Haha, *wheew* I was as glad as the clown to see he made though I found myself chuckling at the last line. I didn’t know that part about clowns as a distraction, it does sound like a risky job.

  10. I’ve been to rodeo’s. I rememebr the clowns distracting the bulls. The competitions at a rodeo are so very dangerous. You described the story in a way that put us right there with the cowboy and the clown.
    Well done ….!!!!

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