A Slow News Day?


Unfortunately in the news business, sometimes the reporters “become” the news with tragic results.  Reporter Kelly and Engineer Dan found this out … almost.

Your Host is Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Executive Producer.

Photojournalist Indira.

Written by Wm. Q. Colby (a.k.a. “you-know-who”)

Stand by … in three … two … one …


“Kelly!!!!!  NO!  Don’t!”

“I gotta get OUT of here!”

“That’s just it!  There’s a live wire tangled in the mast.  Truck’s electrified!  Step out and you’re DEAD!”

“Dan, that pole’s gonna crash down any second!”

“Listen, put both feet together, jump out and LAND on them together.  Then, take TINY baby steps toward me.  OK?”

Kelly nodded, held her breath and jumped. After ten steps, she fell into Dan’s arms as the pole crashed on top of the truck.


Kelly breathed again.  “Fine.  The truck …”

Dan considered it.  “Guess we thumb a ride and declare a slow news day.”

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35 Responses to A Slow News Day?

  1. Glad they survived that one! No one want to be that sort of news.


    • wmqcolby says:

      Yeah. Unfortunately, this happens more than people realize.
      The procedure is real, by the way. The tragic mistake usually made by reporters (or anyone, for that matter) is they step one foot on the ground while their other foot is still on the truck. So, they get electrocuted because THEY are charged, too. The jumping out with feet together, though, allows you to “ground” yourself slowly. The baby steps allow time for the electrification to slowly come off of you. It’s pretty cool. Well, cool in the sense of knowing about it, anyway, as opposed to actually going through it.

  2. Penny L Howe says:

    Good one. Gripping, I wasn’t sure if you were going to let them both make it or not! Glad you did, though!

  3. Carrie says:

    Loved the tension! More than enough action for a good story I think 🙂

  4. Wow, that was action-packed! You’re ready to direct a superhero movie …

  5. Shainbird says:

    Full of action, every word! Fun read!

  6. howanxious says:

    Interesting take on the prompt!

  7. Sandra says:

    That was a lot to cram into a short story and you did it beautifully! Well done.

  8. kz says:

    oh the action and adventure! loved it. and you let the characters live, so that’s a pleasant surprise ^^ i wanted to be a reporter but my father already had plans for me. great story. 🙂

    • wmqcolby says:

      NOW, I’m curious. What were those plans? Did they work out?
      You can STILL be a reporter, you know.

      • kz says:

        he wanted me to take up nursing and so i did. in my city, it’s like the course that everybody wanted to take up. excelled in school and passed every international exam, but damn, i secretly hated it.. nah, don’t wanna be a reporter anymore. i wanna be writer ^^

    • wmqcolby says:

      Good for you, KZ. A writer is what you shall be now!

  9. nightlake says:

    never a dull moment in the story. Gripping

  10. wmqcolby says:

    Well, yeah, they COULD. That’s just getting it the hard way! 😀

  11. Had me standing with them! Great write!

  12. troy P. says:

    Great story, and good advice on the jump!

  13. I’ve learnt something so thanks for that. Hope never to have to recover the knowledge.

  14. rgayer55 says:

    I like the tension. A well told story and I learned something at the same time – a bonus.

  15. JackieP says:

    I learned my one new thing today! I just hope I never have to use it, but it’s stored away just in case. Great tension and great ending. Whew they made it.

  16. Joe Owens says:

    Uh-oh, you are opening Pandora’s box by teaching the Fictioneers. Actually knowing this might help save a life and for that we will all be grateful.

  17. Linda Vernon says:

    Wow! Phew! That was a close one! Boy, you really know how to pack a lot of action into a mere 100 words! Holy Cow. Exciting! 😀

  18. Dear Kent!

    I’m having to stop and catch my breath after that one! Lots of tension there! Glad she got out okay!



  19. Dee says:

    Loved this one Kent. I was hoping they would both be OK…. found myself holding my breath!
    Well done

  20. Great tension and danger in this one. It would be strange to report on your own accident.

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