FFfAW– A Poor Career Choice

Posted: February 23, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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A gut-wrenching fear of heights and a job in construction had not, in retrospect, been the best combination. It was George’s first day and he was already regretting every choice he’d made since being born. The fear that tore through him was snake venom, leaving him shaking and frozen, unable to go down and terrified of spending another second where he was.

The scaffolding creaked under his weight and he let out a whimpering sound that he was glad nobody could hear. Unfortunately, nobody could hear it because nobody was there.

He looked down at the ground below and tried to remember how his legs worked.

A window opened and George breathed a sigh of relief as a woman poked her head out.

“You all right there?” she asked.

“It’s the height,” he admitted.

She raised an eyebrow. “You’re only ten feet off the ground.”

Word Count: 145

This was written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Ellespeth’s friend for the photo!


  1. swritings says:

    Hahaha! That was funny! Poor George! Great story! 🙂

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  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Funny ending. I have to admit I’m not a fan of scaffolding either. I have painted a few murals on scaffolding and I didn’t enjoy it much. Scaffolding is very creaky and feels unstable. Great story.

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  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Funny stuff. And that poor guy, I can see why he might be regretting all his life choices!

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  4. When you’re afraid of height that small amount can feel monumental.
    Good write ..
    Isadora 😎

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  5. Hahahaha! I think he must be a bit of a whimp. LOL! Cute story!

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  6. At first I laughed, then it occurred to me that’s exactly how I would feel climbing scaffolding!

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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  7. Oh… 10 feet is a lot! I’m afraid of height, so I can definitely relate to his experience. 🙂

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  8. samratkel says:

    Very well crafted and humorous!! Great read!.

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  9. Nothing under the Sun will make me climb any scaffold. Ten feet is too high!

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  10. rogershipp says:

    A HUGE Belly chuckle even brought the dog barking from the front of the house. GREAT!

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