The tunnel – #writephoto

Sue’s prompt today for #WritePhoto

Man caught in the light at the end of the tunnel

“Hello?… Hello!..”

Becca rubbed her eyes and allowed her sight to adjust to the pinpoint of light that was streaming down on her.
It wasn’t quite clear, but she thought she could see someone standing there, at the end of the tunnel.
Summoning up all her energy, she tried to shout out.

“Hello! Help me!”

It wasn’t more than a whisper leaving her mouth.
Four days, she had been stuck in this cave. Four nights of pure darkness and four days of muted light she had endured with no food or water, and an excruciating pain in her leg, hip and shoulder.
She had gone for a walk to clear her head.

The arguments were starting to really wear thin now. Jack was getting increasingly paranoid and it took something as simple as her working late for him to start questioning everything from where she was, to why she was wearing certain clothes… even though he knew exactly where she had been.
She knew she wasn’t in the wrong, but how long could she fend off accusations and snide remarks? If he loved her, he wouldn’t do this…
Caught up in her thoughts, she hadn’t noticed the mouth of the cave, and didn’t see the unearthed root sticking up at the entrance.
Before she knew it, she was tumbling down a shallow tunnel, before coming to a wall. She had landed awkwardly and hurt her leg.

After calling out until she felt hoarse,  and trying to gently ease her way back up before realising that her shoulder hurt too much and that her leg couldn’t hold her weight, she had all but given up…

The days and nights were starting to blend into one another.

Surely Jack would have alerted the authorities. Someone must be trying to find her…

Her eyes were starting to close again when she heard something again.

A rustle, and what sounded like movement close by.

She felt herself being moved gently and reassuring voices calmed her.

As long as Jack believed where she had been, she had no wish other than that…


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  4. Gary
    Jun 25, 2017 @ 11:44:39

    Hello?… hello! What have we here Ritu? Bones of a story methinks, or a prompt starter…or, have you already begun fleshing it out? I know it was a prompt prompt as such, but your take on it has mileage. Excellent job 😊

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  5. TanGental
    Jun 25, 2017 @ 10:30:44

    Maybe Jack was involved in the tree root

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  7. dornahainds
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 20:55:21

    Beautiful. 🌹🌹🌹😎

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  8. Judy E Martin
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 13:38:51

    Great story Sis. Isn’t it awful how some women actually have to live like this? You really conveyed how paranoid Becca was not to upset Jack, even though she had been through an appalling accident.

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  9. Lorraine
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 19:27:46

    Even after four days in the cave, she still worries about what Jack will think? She is in serious trouble — even once she has been released from the cave. She needs to be released from Jack!
    Neat, creepy story!

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  10. Traci York
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 16:24:32

    Awesomely creepy! ❤

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  11. Kalpana solsi
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 11:19:58

    Stranded hurt in the cave for four days and nights is terrifying. A great relief that she was found.

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  12. frankhubeny
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 02:03:19

    It’s good that they found her. It is hard to imagine all the thoughts that must be going through someone’s mind being trapped like that for days.

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  13. Aimer Boyz
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 01:08:50

    Dump Jack !

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  14. willowdot21
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 00:40:20

    Oh! Sis, so darkly truly, a horrible place to be. Great post. 💖💝💜

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  15. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 00:10:44

    Great story!

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  16. Michael
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 23:55:35

    Great take on the image Ritu, enjoyed this very much..

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  17. Sue Vincent
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 23:07:47

    Poor Becca… so many women go through that heartache…

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  18. desertcurmudgeon
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 22:45:41

    What a fantastic take on that prompt! Another very thought-provoking effort.

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