Five Sentence Fiction — Conquer

Monday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Conquer.

new river gorge bridge
Here is my offering:

He was shaking as he looked past the toes of his hightops, which peeked out over the void and his stomach took a bit of a tumble; the bridge was a lot higher than he thought and the river was running at a frothy churn at least 350 feet below. The word jump menacingly played in an endless internal loop until suddenly—Fuck it—in one smooth motion, muscles wound up tight and exploded with all his strength, conquering the gripping fear and emotion, catapulting himself airborne in what he hoped was a perfect swan dive. He felt oddly at peace with his chest proudly presented, arms spread wide and toes pointed, the rushing air tugged at his clothes and hair as it whispered past his ears like a radio tuned between two stations and coaxed out tears who’s trails he could feel cold on the sides of his face. River, rocks and valley floor raced towards him and he closed his eyes just as the tether played out and rudely yanked him back skyward and forced a playful yelp from his throat like a piece of hard candy dislodged by someone preforming the Heimlich maneuver. He hoped he hadn’t wet his pants, the others wouldn’t let him hear the end of it.

Got five sentences? Share them!

If you enjoy flash fiction challenges come back tomorrow and every Tuesday when you can take your pick from two different prompts that I will be providing right here every week.


8 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Conquer

  1. Having had the opportunity to bungee 3 times of one of the highest bridges in the world, I commend your character for doing it. I’m not so brave and I would’ve peed my pants. Nice descriptions too, “like a radio tuned between two stations.” I liked that one the most.

  2. Oh my! That is definitely conquering!

  3. Very good.

    No way in hell would I do that, though it might be as good as a trip to the chiropractor.

    I do think the hard candy/heimlich analogy is a bit of over-reach though.


    • Thanks for stopping by. I’m never sure what works and what doesn’t, so I honestly appreciate your comment about the heimlich analogy. That’s one of the great things about FSF is being able to experiment without too much commitment and getting some great subjective feedback in a jiffy. Again, thanks for stopping by…

  4. Very nice, reminded me a bit of my first time on a bungee! 🙂

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