Thirty Seconds

Thirty Seconds

Thirty seconds that’s all he need to take his family away from this park. He told his wife and their little girl not to visit him today. He said his job will just take a few hours, but his hard-headed ladies didn’t listen.


His mind’s ticking clock is now in panic mode. His sweaty, shaking palm can’t deny the dread he tried to suppress.

15… 14… 13…

“Move. Move. Move.” He said firmly as he pushed his wife and his daughter forward.


“Dad, wait up, I forgot teddy on the cable car!!!”

Before he was able to grab her daughter’s arm, two loud booms rocked the hanging cabs and his entire being. He’s about to break into a run when his wife’s scream pierced his ears. Following her gaze, his eyes widen.

He regret what he did. He will never forgive himself. Never. Never.

Word count: 150

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Sunday Photo Fiction

In response to Sunday Photo Fiction for May 15, 2016.

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly writing challenge hosted by Alastair Forbes where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction using around 200 words. The piece doesn’t have to center around exactly what the photo is, it can be just used as a basis for a story.

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56 thoughts on “Thirty Seconds”

  1. His poor daughter and wife. Because of his choice, if he had died alone in the blast, they would have been left to face the rest of the world’s accusations alone. Otherwise, they would die with him for no fault of theirs.

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  2. Love what you’ve done with your blog. I don’t know if I didn’t see it for a long time, but the change is great. A awful story. Why did he need to blow up the gondolas? Why did he involve his family? Just a terrible situation for all main characters. Well written and brave writing.

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    1. Thank you for noticing the changes my friend. 🙂 The change of theme was made just yesterday. (office’s a bit silent so I made the most out of it. :D)

      And thank you! He is a terrorist my dear, Mandi. A paid bomber. He has no plans but his family didn’t listen. Thus the tragic ending.
      Thanks, dear!

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      1. Yes, I was pretty sure he was a terrorist. I think he is extra selfish because he got his family killed too. Way to go there Rosema!

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    1. YAY! Thank you, Mel! 😀
      Yeah… the death toll rises and I am not quite sure if it is accurate any more. This one’s massive and I will wait for police report on how many lives I have killed. (I am sounding like a maniac killer now! GEEZ! :D)

      Yes, I think it is. 😀 Thanks my dearest friend!

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