FFfAW – Fear of Heights

Looking down petrifies me. I feel a knot rising from my stomach, sticking inside my throat. Oh my God, I’m going to retch. Fear seizes me. My head is spinning and I’m gasping for breath as the color slowly drains from my face. I look at Robert and he understands immediately I am descending into a full blown panic attack. Grabbing the railing for my dear life, my PTSD clicks in and I fall to the floor of the bridge with unrestrained sobbing.

My patient husband picks me up and holds me close while my mind spins through a chaotic mess of frightening images.

Breathe in…. one… two… three… hold….hold…. release.

With my husband still holding me, my breathing returns to normal. He calmly tells me, “Honey, we are on the other side now.” I release a huge sigh of relief.

“But, we need to go back for our car.”


Thank you to Etol Bagam for our photo prompt this week.

This is my submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge. It’s a fun challenge that welcomes all who want to participate. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 100-175 words with which we use to write our stories. If you would like more information, please click here.

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52 thoughts on “FFfAW – Fear of Heights

  1. Your writing’s really got better in recent weeks, your ideas are wonderful. I would be on my hands and knees crossing that bridge

  2. Well there’s only one way right, she would close her eyes and the husband would carry her in his arms on the reverse trip 🙂

    Great story, and I loved the way you described her fear. The emotion was pitch-perfect!

  3. Nice, effective descriptions of the fear and panic she felt… gasping for breath and gripping the railings. It’s a good thing her husband was there to give his support. The last sentence is excellent and a great way to end the story. Well done, PJ. 🙂

  4. Way to go PJ! A mixture of intensity and with that last line ‘humor’ to go with it 🙂 . I at once, connected with your character because the first day I had to climb “such” bridge, I literally cried and bawled my eyes out the whole way crossing it 😀

    • Thank you Ameena for such a wonderful comment! I’m so sorry to hear what you had to go through crossing a bridge similar to this one. I’m afraid I probably would have to do the same thing you did if I were to try and cross. LOL

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