What Doesn’t Kill You…

SPF 10-14-18Joy Pixley 3

Photo Credit: Joy Pixley

The Great Race was about to begin, and I was nowhere near ready. But failure was not an option, for failure meant death, and having seen it happen multiple times over the years, I can tell you that it’s not pretty.

I looked at the track again, if you could call and a cold shiver ran through my body. One prick from those sharp spines, and one could bleed to death in minutes. It is not as if we had medical staff on standby to take care of such injuries. Nope, that would be so tame. Makes you tougher, they say! What use is toughness if you are not alive to benefit from it.

But the killer spikes of the cacti were the lesser of our worries. Once the race started, there were no-holds-barred. Completing the race was all that mattered, whatever the cost. If you somehow survive being shoved into the cacti spines by your competitor on the left, you immediately have to fend off the one on your right before he bites you.

Life of a rattlesnake is no bed of roses, I can tell you that!

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189 words.

Written as a part ofย Sunday Photo Fiction, hosted by Susan Spaulding. Here’s wishing an awesome year to all the lovely people I have come in contact with since I started this blog. Cheers!

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About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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16 Responses to What Doesn’t Kill You…

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    Deadly race in the begining of New Year. What in store for rest of the year?

  2. Piyali says:

    Okay, the ending was rather unexpected. I liked how you build up the tension. Happy 2019 to you and yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nice twist.
    Happy New Year.

  4. Violet Lentz says:

    Stay low and slither whenever possible!!

  5. Jules says:

    Perspective is indeed different from any other set of eyes!

  6. Mukhamani says:

    Wonderful, I loved the ending. I could just imagine the rattlesnake slithering on.

  7. michael1148humphris says:

    I saw the Wacky Races, till the twist at the end.

  8. Susan says:

    Nice twist at the end.

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