On Top of the World – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

Here is my offering for Alastair’s Photo Fiction this week, inspired by the photo below.  Why not take part? And why not visit his photography and writing blog to take a look at his other photos…?


– On Top of the World –

I stand on the swaying platform. The wind is scratching at my cheeks, clawing tears from my eyes. For a second, I remember a hiking trip in the Cambrian mountains…

My heart jumps in my chest with fear and laughter as I slip-slide backwards, my feet losing their grip on the scree skittering far below. The echoes of our joy career all around as you and I collapse safely at the top, lungs burning, chests heaving with the effort. Life is rainbow-hued.

Now, everything is fear. I inch forward to the edge of the platform, scanning the seas as they boil below. I see the top of The Shard cutting through the oily waves, and the summit of Heron Tower in the distance. London is gone. You are lost to me, flotsam and jetsam – somewhere.

I steel myself, zip up my diving gear, check my oxygen tanks and mask. The time has come.


For non-Londoners, and non-Brits, here is information on The Shard and Heron Tower


20 thoughts on “On Top of the World – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

  1. Wind clawing tears, is suggestive of a strong wind, I like that image. Also the flotsam and jetsam reference to a person who now means nothing, like rubbish. Very powerful Freya

    1. Thank you. In my mind, the wind was powerful, so clawing felt apt. As for the flotsam and jetsam reference… Well, compared to the forces of nature, aren’t we all insignificant?

  2. Your story creates such a vivid contrast of the joyful memory and fearful present — and the ruined present, from how you describe London. Your story makes me wonder what happened to the world… and what will happen after the character dives into the water. Good stuff.

  3. That’s a deep piece. A flash of life before the death-defying plunge…Ilove it. Well done.

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