FFfAW – Fear of Heights

Looking down petrifies me. I feel a knot rising from my stomach, sticking inside my throat. Oh my God, I’m going to retch. Fear seizes me. My head is spinning and I’m gasping for breath as the color slowly drains from my face. I look at Robert and he understands immediately I am descending into a full blown panic attack. Grabbing the railing for my dear life, my PTSD clicks in and I fall to the floor of the bridge with unrestrained sobbing.

My patient husband picks me up and holds me close while my mind spins through a chaotic mess of frightening images.

Breathe in…. one… two… three… hold….hold…. release.

With my husband still holding me, he calmly tells me, “Honey, we are on the other side now.” My breathing returns to normal. I release a huge sigh of relief.

“But, we need to go back for our car.”


Thank you to Etol Bagam for our photo prompt this week.

This is my submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers Challenge. It’s a fun challenge that welcomes all who want to participate. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 100-175 words with which we use to write our stories. If you would like more information, please click here.

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32 thoughts on “FFfAW – Fear of Heights

  1. I remember once free climbing about sixty feet up with someone who went full panic attack once they got to the top. You’re right on the description. Poor guy has to go through this again.

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  2. Great story to go with the picture. I was taken aback at how tiny the humans and bridge were compared to the height. Yup, good place to have a fear of heights breakdown, I’d say! Good for wifey for making that first step onto the bridge. It must have taken all the courage she had to even try. Wonderful story.

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