Monday, July 17, 2006

fff, rushed

big-up jj because he's my man with the plan.
for this week's flash fiction friday, we had to include:
A Rope
A Dope
A Grope
A Slope

i pelted downhill as if my life depended on it, tempted to drop and roll in the hope of going faster – shouldn’t it be easier going down than climbing up the slope? what i needed was a grappling hook and a really long rope to make use of that huge rock near the peak with the gorgeous view i was unceremoniously leaving behind, but without that i could only hope that i’d get there in time on foot.

i tried to remind my feet that downhill was faster, but they pretended not to know what i was talking about.
when i’d started down, i knew that the first part would be slowest, but thought that this long slow drop would be quicker to navigate. by now i was more than a little anxious about making it back in time.
“this is why they call it dope,” i muttered, “because it makes you stupid…i am officially a dope.”
no time for self-pity, though. had to get there.
i tried to pick up the pace, scared that gravity’s advantage on the downhill would pull my feet faster than my body could keep up, and simultaneously that it wouldn’t.

i needed to get there.
just as i thought i was about to be a right mess, just when i thought i’d end up embarrassing myself after all efforts to the contrary, just when i thought i’d never try this type of adventure again – i saw the 1st car.
i knew i’d been one of the 1st out in the morning, so my car couldn’t be far away now. i could hold on just a few moments longer and get there, but i had to get there. the pressure was increasing at an alarming rate and the sense of inevitability that accompanied it was mounting exponentially.
i finally got to the car, fumbling for keys well before i was in range. i popped the doors, leaned into the backseat, and groped around until i found it.
i grabbed it triumphantly. i'd made it!

i don’t think a roll of toilet paper has felt so soft and welcoming since that moment, just before i ducked off into the bushes.

walk good.


Blogger angel said...

oh my word trini... that was hysterical! brilliant suspense build up- you made me choke on a mouthful of peanutbutter sandwich!

5:33 pm  
Blogger Kimy said...

Super!!! What a surprise the ending was, I can really relate to this...


7:11 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

Loved the ending! Definately didn't know where it was going prior that.

10:39 pm  
Blogger JJ said...


2:10 pm  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

To quote the Tick, "gravity is harsh mistress." The call of nature is an even harsher mistress, nice twist!

11:08 pm  

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