Photo prompt: The stairway

I wasn’t aware until a few minutes ago when I read Geoff Le Pard’s contribution that Sue Vincent ran a photo prompt. It’s a magical photo and inspired this piece of microfiction.



“No one climbs those stairs,” he said. “And no one goes down except on a sled. It’s the gateway to nowhere.”

“Nowhere I’d want to be, anyway,” she agreed and took his hand. “Let’s try further along. They said this was the road.”

They walked away through the winter twilight, looking for El Dorado, Avalon, Paradise maybe. Light and laughter. Glitz and glitter.

In the dark archway, the shadows thickened and the light beyond grew brighter. A red fox sniffed the cold air. With a flourish of his magnificent brush, he trotted across the ice into the golden land beyond the arch.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

27 thoughts on “Photo prompt: The stairway”

    1. Thanks Sue 🙂 I don’t understand WPs notification system. I don’t receive notifications from blogs that I’ve set to daily, and I get every single notification of some blogs that I haven’t set to anything at all. I’ll have to make it my business to look in more often on spec 🙂

      1. I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t make much sense. Twice I have ended up unfollowing almost every blog and had to reinstate them.

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