FFfAW — The Last Walk

1A1909E1-4E38-46C5-88F6-22BCC1AA5195Harold and his wife of almost 50 years, Helena,  walked along the outdoor, mezzanine-level walking track that ran around the perimeter of their condominium building. They took this walk this every morning, rain or shine. It was their physical fitness routine and their effort to stay as limber as they could, hoping to stave off the muscle atrophy and bone brittleness of old age as long as they could.

On this particular morning Harold complained of a backache and Helena suggested he take a day off from their daily exercise. But he insisted. And so, as was their routine, dressed in sweats, they went out onto the walking track.

Only five minutes into it, Harold stopped, grabbed his back and, grimacing in pain, fell to his knees. “Call 9-1-1,” he implored his wife. Helena looked up and saw the surveillance camera mounted on the wall to the left of the sign with the running man. She hoped the security people were watching because she didn’t have her mobile phone and refused to leave Harold’s side.

(173 words)


Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: ENISA.

11 thoughts on “FFfAW — The Last Walk

  1. James March 27, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I think most of those cameras just record to video tape and the tapes aren’t reviewed unless there’s a report of a crime. Harold’s in big trouble unless someone with a cell phone comes along.

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  2. Priceless Joy March 27, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    I sure hope the security people are watching closely or Harold is a dead man! Great story!

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  3. Michael March 27, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    My kids are always going off at me for going out and leaving my phone behind. Good thing he has his wife with him.

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  4. anuragbakhshi March 27, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Never leave home without a phone. I hope the CCTV has live supervision and is not just recording.

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  5. leigha66 March 29, 2018 / 5:51 am

    I wonder if the death rate has dropped over the years as cell phones have gained in popularity…. we got by for years without them, but they are sure important at a time like that in Harold’s life.

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