Sunday Photo Fiction — The Ride

1018EC18-D1C2-4D77-99F7-6F73B2DDE388Lauren was doing her best to keep up with her boyfriend, Alex, but she was exhausted. They’d been riding for around six hours, stopping only for a quick lunch and several short coconut water breaks to replenish their electrolytes. But she was not used to rides of this duration and distance.

Lauren hated bicycling, but Alex was an avid cyclist, and she felt she needed to pretend that she, too, was into it, lest she lose him. She’d invested too much time and effort in him to let that happen.

Even the flat street they were riding on seemed daunting to her. She could feel both thighs seizing up and she knew that she couldn’t go on. In desperation she called out to Alex.

Alex looked back and saw that Lauren was struggling. He swung his bike around and rode back by her side.

“I can’t go any further,” Lauren said to him. “I feel like I’m going to faint.”

“I got you,” Alex said, and as she started to fall, he grabbed her and pulled her off her bike, cradled her in his arms, and held her tight as she cried.

But she was smiling on the inside.

(200 words)

Written for Susan Spaulding’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: C.E. Ayr.

11 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — The Ride

  1. Sight11 July 22, 2018 / 7:17 am

    The longest I cycled was for 11-13 km in the scorching heat and that endeavour too, for which I undertook the journey was a failure. So I can understand her pain (and her stupidity).

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  2. James July 23, 2018 / 4:58 am

    I’ve never liked the idea of one person in a relationship faking interest in their partner’s passion just to be with them. Surely, they can find some activity they’d both enjoy.

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    • Fandango July 23, 2018 / 7:35 am

      You’re right. You can only pretend for so long before you’re found out to be a fraud.


    • Fandango July 23, 2018 / 11:58 am

      True. At some point the pretender will be exposed. Thanks for reading and commenting.


  3. Susan July 24, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    Alex seems like a nice guy and maybe would understand that cycling is not her thing. But if not, she needs to meet the woman in A Changed Life

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  4. leigha66 July 26, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Our yearly event here in Iowa just rolled through town. The Des Moines Register sponsors what is called RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) every summer. Cyclist dip their tires in the Missouri river then ride the year’s route through Iowa to the east side of the state to dip their tires in the Mississippi River … they estimated about 10,000 bicyclist this year. That is a LOT of bikes!

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