Make For The Bridge

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium

Submitted: May 01, 2018

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Make For The Bridge!

 

There is something chasing you, something big, clumsy. Is it one creature or many? How can you tell? You dare not pause to look back over your shoulder or to either side. Whatever it is, it’s close. And it is gaining on you, too.

 

How can you run faster in this kind of terrain? You’ve all already ditched your back-packs, complete with your supplies. After all, what good would rations be if you were not alive to eat them. Roots sprang from nowhere to grasp your feet, your ankles. Rocks sprang up from the ground.

 

Jasper is in front of you and he trips, begins to fall. Somehow you manage to veer to your left and stay on your feet. You grab his arm, stop him from completely tumbling over. He doesn’t say much but you know he is grateful. The problem is that those snapping branches, that rasping breath, is even nearer.

 

“Make for the bridge!” How did you manage to force those words out when your lungs already feel like their on fire?

 

The bridge is decrepit, you know that. How much weight will the wooden planks take before giving away? And the rope? You are sure it was dangerously frayed in places. Is it even possible that it will hold?

 

There’s no other choice; no other way. Whatever it is that is chasing you is now behind you and to both sides. There is only one direction left to go in and that is forward.

 

There it is, not far now! You’ve all got to stay on your feet, keep moving. Drew is on the bridge now, followed by Colin, Jasper, then finally yourself. You can’t go fast now, not on this bridge. You hear something step on to the bridge behind you. It is growling, snarling, breathing heavily.

 

Drew shouts, screams, comes to a halt and Colin crashes into him, knocking him down on to the planks. Jasper opens his mouth in horror, and you see it now. No escape, is there!

 

A hideous, ghostly wraith of a creature approaches from the other side of the bridge. It’s mouth is open unnaturally wide, ready to swallow you whole and there is no way for you to escape.

 


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