Monday, June 10, 2013

The Way Back


They knew they were lost. A few stolen kisses, away from the group, didn't seem a bad idea initially. But how far the ripples of our decisions travel is a story for another day.

Endless groping in the darkness of the forest seemed to get them nowhere for hours. She stopped by intermittently to catch her breath and let-off a silent sob. He religiously kept marking trees along the path with a sharp stone even though he could not see those markings anyway. They discussed and debated, argued and fought, cried and patched-up with kisses but remained lost. No food, little water, dead phones and a few ounces of hope was all that they had.

Hand in hand, they moved ahead with cautious steps in the dark until he suddenly slipped. In one swift take, she got tugged along too and a rapid downward fall ended in a thud against a wall.

Bruised arms and grazed knees, they picked up the fearful bits of themselves. Brushing himself, he started walking along the wall, feeling its roughness with both his hands. She dutifully followed. It was pitch dark and his voice seemed to echo. In one flash of a moment, he realized they were inside a tunnel. Either end of it would fling them back into their 'lost world'. Their delight knew no bounds at this discovery.

Tears of happiness streaming down their faces, they started moving in rapid steps along the wall. It was then that he spotted light at the end of the tunnel. What he didn't know was that it was the headlight of an approaching train.

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This post is in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge week eighty-one. The prompt is to use the following word in its third definition, in a 33-333 word piece.

LIGHT (noun)

1a : something that makes vision possible
  b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors
  c : electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically : such radiation that is visible to the human eye
2a : daylight
  b : dawn
3: a source of light: as
   a : a celestial body
   b : candle   
   c : an electric light

22 comments:

Dobson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh no, not a train. Boy i bet they regret wandering off now.

anhonestdayortwo.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

trains are becoming quite terrifying this trifecta week!

ahhh...love, hormones...and the hereafter:)

Sandra Tyler said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

goodness. Rather terrifying. Great ending.

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, and I was really cheering for them! What an utterly horrifying predicament-and what a great little piece of writing!

Ann Bennett said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I was already afraid for them, oh boy, I hope they can hold on to some safety rails on the side of the tracks.

Björn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loved the tension... and building up the final end...

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh yes Dobson, I'm sure they're regretting too. Thanks for reading.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loved ur comment anhonestdayortwo.com
Thanks!

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Sandra. Glad you liked it.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like cheering for happy endings too Valerie. Just that this one didn't turn out to be one :)

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your optimisn Ann, it's very sweet.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Björn. I'm glad you stopped by to read. It was fun building up this tension.

Draug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's what you get for falling in love. I love the tension as they were wandering. Great stuff.

angelgal3176 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm starting to wonder if there isn't some kind of hidden theme to this week's challenge - but it's interesting all the same. I wonder if they are close enough to the wall to survive? It's entirely possible!

Trifecta said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hope all those kisses were worth it. Any chance they could smoosh up against the wall to avoid a nasty fate?

Thank you for linking up! Please don't forget to return for the voting!

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Draug. Let's hope falling in love was worth it for them.

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very true angelgal3176. Anything's possible. And the story continues :)

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's all up to them to save their life now. Thanks for coming by Trifecta.

kymm said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hmmm what is it about lights and trains?
Seems these two would have been better off not getting out of bed this morning!

September Dreams said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha... Great thought Kymm. Hope you enjoyed reading this.

momusnews said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yikers! It seemed a happy ending was coming, and then, ouch! You led into that very well. Great story.

thelifeofkylie.com said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well written. I liked the double entendre of the endless groping that got them nowhere!