Everyone has fears. Having anxiety issues, I have more than my share of fears. One is a fear of driving under a train. I know it sounds pretty lame. When I was in my teens there was a train that derailed on a bridge and a person on a motorcycle just barely missed getting struck by one of the train cars. Ever since then I cringe when I go under a train on a bridge. It even spilled over to wintertime driving and me fearing a semi or even a car, will lose control and crash over the edge of the bridge landing on my car. I know it is irrational. I know the odds are in my favor, not the train’s. I just can’t seem to shake it. I often literally shiver when I go under the occupied bridge. I have in the past been known to increase my speed to get past that point quickly. I have survived 100% of the time. I have only heard of that one train derail in town. I still can’t shake the fear. Do you have any fears, rational or not?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – derail
He stood still on top of the bridge, looking at his grey shadow. It looked so plain and dreary, just like him. He felt so very alone. Just two days ago she had left him. Claimed he was sick. He didn’t feel sick. He just felt like he needed another drink. Sure, he had a few drinks every night, but he couldn’t be an alcoholic, could he? That was the word she had used. It scared him. Made him take a look at himself and he wasn’t sure he liked what he saw. Could she be right? It just felt like life was spiraling out of control. He loved her so much and felt deep guilt thinking he drove her away.
He sighed deeply and looked again at his shadow. He would have to stop at the liquor store on the way home. She just didn’t understand. And the thought of living without her ripped him apart. There was only one thing that would help, a little bit of vodka.
Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge (FFFC) #37
This week I decided to add my Monochrome Monday post in with the weekly photo challenge for bridge. I just love how shadows create a mood sometimes…
This week I am also posting for the Weekly Photo Challenge as well as my Monochrome Monday. This was a picture from a bridge after a rain storm, I thought it fit the reflecting challenge quite well. Have a great week everyone!
I am starting something new. I have seen several posts listed with the title Monochrome Monday and since I love black and white photography I thought I would jump on the band wagon. I am not sure if there is an actual page that posts a MM challenge – if you know of one please link it in the comments. I am just kind of going on my own at this point in time but would love to see what some of you have for black and white photos as well. I can’t guarantee a post every Monday, but I will try.
I am starting out with one of my favorite subject matters, old bridges. This is a foot bridge at a local park.
rustic bridge spans creek
crossing to another path
where new dreams must dwell
We once shared
A beautiful walk
Now we have traveled
Down different roads
Still I wish our paths
Would cross once again
But I am afraid
That bridge is washed out…