They made a break for it down the river. The ancient railway bridge which had served as an escape route for some of the lucky ones had been dismantled by the council, and now the raging waters were the only option, an option deemed suicide, and consequently it was rarely patrolled.
It was the remains of that very bridge that now disturbed the flow, the huge pillar compressing and forcing the rushing water to either side. As hard as they paddled it was like an infernal magnet, and as they the struck the towering buttress the fugitives were launched around the hull like loose change thrown to eager children at the church door by the groom after the wedding. No one aboard even felt the hull ground and tilt violently to one side.
Hours later he slipped over the edge and onto the stony river bank, his vision was blurred and he was cold, so incredibly cold. He could see the rising sun through the holes torn in the hull as he lay on his back. There was no other sound, even the water had become more reserved since it’s outburst after the previous days rains.
Who else was alive, how far had they come, what the hell was he going to do now? Standing was the first thing, and getting into the trees.
He tried to stand as his heart raced…

4 thoughts on “Blaap!”

  1. Great imagination, ptc, but from the top photo, it’s clearly the conning tower of a sub that’s taken a wrong turning from Faslane.

  2. And now with slightly fixed grammar.The river’s also unning the wrong way for the tower block escapees, but we’ll gloss over that.

    There’s so much crumbling victorian building work around Glasgow, nit the obvious stuff in the city centre, but outside, in the fringes, at the end of old streets and behind lines of trees and rusty currugated iron fences.

    I had a great day in the pissing rain on the bike :o)

  3. If I’d known you were coming along the canal you could’ve popped in for a cuppa

    Aye you need a lot of imagination to survive in that part of town!!

  4. I did wave as I passed, but my liberal coating of sweat and mud precluded banging on the windae and demanding a cuppa.
    Considerate and everything me.

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