May 14: Flash Fiction Challenge – Life Crossing

Charli’s Carrot Ranch Prompt this week:

May 14, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that answers the question, “What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you are in absolute danger?” Go where the prompt leads!

Life Crossing

I had only just pushed the wheels of the buggy onto the road, after checking to see all was clear, yet the roar of the engine was close. Either I had missed seeing this approaching car, or the driver wasn’t driving at the designated speed limit.

Knowing I wouldn’t be able to reach the other side, I grabbed the buggy handles and jerked it back, as fast as I could.

Heart beating as if it would break out of my ribcage, I checked inside.

Bless him, he was still asleep. But I knew our lives had flashed before me.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Charli Mills
    May 19, 2020 @ 07:28:22

    Quick reflexes save the day, but what a terrifying scene you build! I also like that you use sound for the approaching danger.

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  3. Norah
    May 18, 2020 @ 12:25:37

    So glad you and your child were safe. What a nightmare.

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  4. OIKOS™-Publishing
    May 17, 2020 @ 16:12:45

    As we say, the wiser is giving in!
    On the other hand, it’s about life, and here you’ve found a really nice metaphor for the current situation. Thank you for sharing,Sis!

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  5. potatosandwich
    May 15, 2020 @ 22:02:45

    Lucky escape. Have to be extra careful with kids

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  6. Annette Rochelle Aben
    May 15, 2020 @ 16:15:42

    whew! quite the moment

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  7. keen2show
    May 15, 2020 @ 15:33:37

    Wow! You’re active…

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  8. Susan Zutautas
    May 15, 2020 @ 15:00:00

    Terrifying moment! So glad that the worse didn’t happen.

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  9. keen2show
    May 15, 2020 @ 14:41:03

    If you’re finding post-COVID days too nasty, can I recommend parodying it..?!
    (https://flingingintothegaps.wordpress.com/)

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