Unhinged – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers. Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, our talented leader and to Marie Gail Stratford for the photo this week.

The challenge is to write a 100-word story based on the photo. All are welcome to participate.

I took my cues this week from the strange lighting I saw in the photo. Thanks for reading.

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

(100 words)


“Room 484.” Tom said. “I can’t get off my floor. Remember?”

“Try to be calm, sir.”

Despite the illuminated number, the elevator returned Tom to the 48th floor. The stairs proved as unpredictable, a bottomless series of doorways back to his room.

“Can’t you send someone up?” Tom slammed the phone.

He rushed out to the hallway and then he saw them, vacant-eyed and pale.

“Go ahead,” they said, whispering. “Take the concrete plunge. You know you want to. One of us can go free.”

And someone did.

The elevator resumed normal operations for only one. One of the lucky ones.


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