This story was written for Friday Fictioneers. Each week, Rochelle gives us an image and 100 words to tell a story. She also inspires us with a story of her own. This week, she included an excerpt from her forthcoming book, As One Must, One Can. This week’s prompt image comes from Peter Abbey – thanks! Click on the blue frog below to read more stories that correspond to this prompt and to add your own.
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Hannah walked Josie home using the footbridge over the river.
Hannah pointed at the graffiti. “From the H-C Gang. Don’t come here without me—they might get you.”
Josie stared, silent.
“See the chain-link sides?” Hannah added. “They’re to keep people from jumping.”
Josie didn’t understand, but her dreams were full of black paint and people jangling the chain link, trying to get out, to jump.
Years later, Josie stood on the bridge, pulling her sleeves down over her wrists. She knew there probably hadn’t been an H-C Gang in their little town. Some dangers, though, were real enough.