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Up and Up (flash fiction)

July 4, 2013

Rescuers by David Stewart

Social climbing on corporate and other ladders to dizzying heights. Greta pauses on a rung to take a breath. Above her, the person says, “If the view’s great from here, just think how it’ll look higher up!” But, as Greta gazes up, the view is the person’s feet. A far better view is the horizon. She escapes to the platform next to the ladder, and the man sitting there says, “I used to have a fear of heights, but you can get used to most things.” Greta nods, saying, “Now I need to think of my own words instead of tired clichés.”


Friday Fictioneers prompt given by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. For other stories inspired by this photo, click here.
Photo copyright David Stewart
Story copyright Dave Williams

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2013 1:50 pm

    Like what you did with the visual prompt.

  2. July 4, 2013 2:01 pm

    So you have followed the theme of the social ladder too! Nicely done! I like how you have used ‘fear of heights’ from this perspective.

  3. July 4, 2013 4:35 pm

    Dear Dave,

    I’m wondering if her fear of heights isn’t some good old common sense. Well done take on the prompt.



  4. July 5, 2013 3:18 am

    Nice sentiments. Well done.

  5. July 5, 2013 8:06 am

    like it how she used this in connecting with her own weakness and as a self-analysis. really unique

  6. July 5, 2013 11:04 am

    The varying metaphorical impacts of climbing the social ladder — it’s never enough, the view is great but it always could be greater, all you see is the one above you, fear of heights, and ultimately find your own response. Good job in few words.

  7. July 5, 2013 11:22 am

    What do you mean, tired old clichés? I wouldn’t have had a post without one. 🙂
    I like the social and corporate ladder metaphor you worked into this. Well done, Dave.

  8. July 5, 2013 4:10 pm

    My first thought was also of the corporate ladder but I didn’t go there. You did an excellent job of it.


  9. July 6, 2013 3:42 am

    That’s the trick, Greta. To find your own words. Nice take on the prompt, Dave.

  10. July 8, 2013 6:33 am

    excellent metaphors… i really like what you did with the prompt 🙂

  11. July 8, 2013 9:13 am

    Love the metaphors here. And a platform is much better than falling down.

  12. July 8, 2013 2:52 pm

    Very clever word play

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