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5 Day Challenge – Stairway To Heaven

Gill over at In Touch With Emma challenged me a few days ago to post a photo for five consecutive days and to write something to go along with it. Here is the blurb:

“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.”

I’m not going to nominate anyone (feel free to join in) but I will attempt the challenge. Five consecutive days? We shall see…

This picture was taken today at Lydford Gorge, in Devon. For Day 1 I’ll write a little story.

Stairway To Heaven


Stairway To Heaven

Paul Jeffries (recently deceased) looked at the glowing figure. The glowing figure looked back.

Paul Jeffries (recently deceased) looked down at his bullet-riddled recently deceased body. His bullet-riddled recently deceased body looked back sightlessly through milky eyes.

“So I’m dead then,” said Paul.

“Yup,” replied the glowing figure. “Looks that way.” He regarded Paul’s body. “Looks like it was painful.”

“Hurt like a bitch,” said Paul, shuddering his insubstantial shoulders at the memory. “Hey, are you smirking?”

“Um…” said the glowing figure, quickly covering its mouth with its hand.

“So, you’re an angel?” asked Paul. He couldn’t help noticing that the glowing figure’s eyes had a somewhat red glow to them.

“Um…” said the glowing figure, and quickly changed the subject. “Say, look at this!” He gesticulated and a stairway appeared. “It’s your Stairway to Heaven. Off you go!”

Paul regarded the Stairway suspiciously. “So, and I acknowledge that I may not wish to know the full answer to this question, if that’s a Stairway to Heaven, why is it going DOWN?”

“Um…” said the glowing figure.

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  1. June 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Hmmm. Down, huh. I’d be dubious too 🙂 That’s the same as my challenge. Go figure, right?


    • July 1, 2015 at 7:26 am

      He has his suspicions.
      It is, isn’t it? I’ll give you a shout out on today’s post. I’m off work this week so figured I would have time to post a bit more.


  2. June 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    You are a master of twist endings!


  3. June 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    “Um…” 😉


  4. July 1, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Not a very talkative guide, but ending up bullet ridden, kind a figured he wasn’t a good guy. I wonder can you forego the trip or do they eventually drag you kicking and screaming, oh that’s right they send the hell beasts after you? LOL Good job!


    • July 1, 2015 at 7:28 am

      I originally allowed him the “choice” to walk down the stairs but took that out so people could decide for themselves. I think you’re right, though. If he doesn’t go now, it will be worse for him later!
      Glad you liked it 🙂


  5. July 1, 2015 at 1:05 am

    A little too late to be wondering about the stairs? Enjoyed!


  6. July 1, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I guess nobody told Paul that heaven had relocated to a brand new, more convenient location. And in response to customer complaints, they turned up the thermostat a tad…


  7. July 1, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Nice twist. Being full of bullets might have been a clue which way he would be taking those stairs.


  8. Lata Sunil
    July 1, 2015 at 3:19 am

    hahaha.. fooled Paul. Umm


  9. July 1, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Looks like Paul is too smart for the glowing figure with the red eyes. It’s been written that satan sometimes poses as an angel of light. Looks like it’s true in this instance. Lovely photo anyway. Well done, Ali.


    • July 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Yes, he’s seen right through the disguise! Whether or not he has a choice, I don’t know. I’m glad you liked the photo, I have lots more from my trip there which I will post soon.


  10. gentlestitches
    July 2, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Things are about to get a little steamy….


    • July 2, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      I think they are. I’m sure he deserved it 🙂


  11. July 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

    It must be a quicker way to reach… 😀 That picture is amazing. We were thinking of the song, when we read your caption. Extra Pawkisses 🙂 ❤


    • July 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      I did wonder if there was any way to fit the song into the story! Made me think of Wayne’s World 🙂

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