Mountain High


PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

We hiked up the mountain. 

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

Backpacks digging in, creating sores where they rubbed.

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

Blisters on toes, walking boots rubbing the backs of ankles.

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

In draining heat, we struggled on.

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

Breath becoming ragged from reduced oxygen.

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

Energy fading, enthusiasm too.

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

Pacing it out, determined not to fail.

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

Reaching the summit, catching our breath.

“It’ll be worthwhile,” they said.

Spectacular waterfall.

“It was absolutely worthwhile,” we said.


Word Count: 100

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.

40 thoughts on “Mountain High

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha, love it. This reminds me of many a holiday with my parents being dragged on hill walks. Only looking back now with hindsight would I be able to say it was worth it. I wish I had appreciated it more at the time 🙂

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  2. Liz Young says:

    Your piece reminded me of walking El Barranco del Infierno in Tenerife to find a pool and a slender waterfall at the end. Only to be seen while the snow melts, but well worth hours of struggle.

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