Drabble day – Edge

The challenge is to write a drabble (a 100 word story – give or take five words) based on the theme of “Edge”.

Here’s mine…



Carine traversed the cold black corridors of the old quarter. Mother Fay’s words had proved to be true; a whisper of air still remained.

She reached the end and, yes, there was a single ancient escape suit plugged into the wall. Backing into it, she felt the suit wrap around her. Breathing against the glass of the helmet, the displays flickered on.

Carine walked up to the wall and it dissolved. Stepping through, she felt a stirring within the nascent wings of the suit.

Standing on the edge, she looked at the bright blue world so far below.

Smiling, Carine jumped.


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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3 Responses to Drabble day – Edge

  1. Hi, Just wanted to say I enjoyed your writing. I have also taken part in the Drabble Day this week, my first one. I found it quite a challenge! I’ll be adding you to my subscribe list, Great work! 🙂

  2. Aheïla says:

    That’s an uplifting take on edge. It’s kind of the usual edge’s opposite: a sense of danger on solid ground and safety in the swan dive. I like it!

  3. Ryan says:

    Great description! I agree with Aheila. It’s an unusual and imaginative reversal of the concept of edge being linked with danger.

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