Weekly Writing Challenge – Cliffhanger

Weekly Writing Challenge

The Weekly Writing Challenge gives this instruction for the Cliffhanger writing challenge: For this week’s challenge, write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. Breathless with anticipation. On the edges of the seats. Obsessively clicking “refresh,” waiting impatiently for the end of the story. We want to hear audible groans when readers reach the end of your post and see “To be continued…”


Kerri Wells sat in her blue Mazda CX-3 drumming her fingers on the steering wheel as she impatiently waited for the traffic to move. She looked at the clock on her media system display and saw that two more minutes had slipped by. She had twenty-seven minutes until Jase’s flight left the airport and she wasn’t a bit closer. She grabbed her phone again and looked at the display, but it still had a heart where the battery meter should be, meaning it was dead.

How could she get word to him? Why had she been so stubborn? All he wanted was for her to commit to him and let him love her. But she wouldn’t let that happen, she couldn’t not after what happened before. Jase had promised to take her away from her life here, to change the future and he didn’t. She was attacked and nearly raped by one of his supposed good friends who was “looking out for her” while he was in Iraq.

Now he was back for good and wanted her to leave everything and follow him to a new posting in Texas. It was nine hours from her home and she knew nobody. Why would she do that? She had asked him for a good reason, but all he had come up with was that he loved her. But was that enough? What if he was deployed again? Would another buddy step up in his absence and take advantage of her again?

Then she had the epiphany. Just after five in the morning she woke and realized he was right for her and the only one she could ever love the way she did. She realized she could not blame him for his friend’s indiscretion. She understood how powerful his offer to begin again truly was. Since then she had fought to get through town and to the airport before his flight. Why was there so much traffic this morning?

She looked over at the river channel and noticed a string of tankers and barges working their way toward the port. She had twenty –three minutes now and she was barely a mile closer. When those ships and barges got close the drawbridge designed route over the river channel would open and traffic would sit for another half hour. She drummed the steering wheel harder as she looked for an alternative.

Jerking the gear shift from Park into Drive, she punched the accelerator and zoomed out into the opposite lane to try to get in front of other cars closer to the bridge opening. Blaring horns, shouts of annoyance and single finger salutes met her as she continued in the wrong lane. She could see the safety gates being to lower and punched her accelerator harder. Even as she accelerated she could feel the bridge begin to lift. She had no alternative but to punch the gas to the floor. She had thoughts of jumping the gap, but instead her car came to a rest with the front bumper on one side of the opening and the rear resting on the other. The bridge operator stopped the bridge as soon as he saw her approach the opening, but was it soon enough?

To be continued . . .


I want to point you flash fiction writers to another option. It is Flash in the Pan, where you write short fiction 50-150 words respectively to words chosen and posted each week. 250 responses will be collected and published by Redmund Productions. You can check the details at the following link: Flash in the Pan.

See more of the Weekly Writing Challenge – Cliffhanger responses:

  1. Almost, but not quite… | The Ghostly Writer
  2. Classic Lasagne! | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  3. You Never Can Tell…Part 2 | Babbleogue
  4. Orion 83 – Part 3 – The Hole | L5GN
  5. The Red Letter | Shadows Of The Divine
  6. Ojhri Camp disaster (Part 2) | A mom’s blog
  7. I worry | Better Than Reality
  8. Make me famous on TV (Part 2) | My Outlook on the World
  9. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! Part 2 | imagination
  10. As I Sat on the Bus # 31: Roxanne is presented with a Unique Opportunity | The Day After
  11. A Tale of Terror: Part 1 | theauthorwhoknows
  12. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! – Oh, Crap | 아토 (Ato)
  13. Short Story: The Missing Boy (Conclusion) « Mama Bear Musings
  14. The Stalker | In my world
  15. DP Weekly writing challenge: Cliffhanger | Sabethville
  16. A Museum Trip and an Unexpected Find | Incessantly Inspired
  17. Cliffhanger – Part 1 (DP Challenge) | Stories From My Mind
  18. Memoir of the Forgetful (A Web Series) #1 | ❤ ART BLOG
  19. The government owes me money!! « Every day adventures in Asia (mostly)
  20. Some Soldiers Are Children | Daughters of the Covenant
  21. Running Away from Needed Help: Part 2 – DP Challenge: Cliffhanger | Rose with Thorns
  22. Chapter 5 – January 1D | Keigh Ahr
  23. Love or Loss? | ladydibsalot
  24. My dearest bundle part 2 | From One Crazy Life To Another
  25. A Small Story | Home that We Built
  26. A Small Story – the Ending | Home that We Built
  27. Once in Cozumel | Connie’s World
  28. Italian Dinner for St. Patrick’s – Part 30 of the HaM – Homey and Me – Love Story | That Good Part
  29. Gert Smit’s Tomatoes (# 7) | Rolbos ©
  30. Cliffhanger-Part 2 | Life Of A Book Lover
  31. Proud Prey (Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger!) | Simply Silent
  32. Proud Prey Part 1 (Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger!) | Simply Silent
  33. {Weekly Writing Challenge} Parenting as a Cliffhanger… | 3rdculturechildren
  34. Travel | Slow, Nature, Sea, Sun, Porches, Sand, Natural Light…. | Introvertly Bubbly
  35. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger | We Saw the Flags of our Fathers Hoisted on Banners Above our Heads (Part 1 of 2) | Gradual Thought
  36. “Helllllp! It’s COLD in Here!” | Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  37. It’s a Cliffhanger, Alright… | superpsychotic1990
  38. Dear Diary | The Gaia Experience
  39. Vendetta on the Mountain: the gripping conclusion. | Wah Wah Zine
  41. Meet My Friend, Mr. Cliff Hanger | Leigh’s Wordsmithery
  42. Worry No More | Better Than Reality
  43. Meet Me Halfway: the Epic Saga of Zero to Hero Day Six, Part One | Rose B Fischer
  44. Falling behind already | Fonts and Frosting
  45. What Am I? We are The Fallen | The Backwords
  46. It was a White Night—Part I | Lucky Here Now
  47. Trapped | The Understreets
  48. Escape (Trapped, Part 2) | The Understreets
  49. The zzzzzzing closet – continued | Stories from aside
  50. Ten Years Later…The Conclusion | Creative Mysteries
  51. The Literal Cliffhanger | Shakespeare’s Sugar Spun Sister
  52. The To Be Continued… of Falling in Love | An Upturned Soul
  53. A Francis Fairy Tale – Part 1 | A Maniac’s Menagerie of Motley Thoughts
  54. Proud Prey Part 2 (Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger!) | Simply Silent
  55. Light Me Up | From Wentz It Came
  56. Lasagna Recipe Updated Now | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  57. Cliffhangers | Silent Soliloquy
  58. Writing Challenge, Cliffhanger Second half | inkbloodpoetry
  59. THE CLASH OF TWO CHALLENGES | Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
  60. Meet Me Halfway: The Epic Saga of Zero to Hero Day Six, Part Two | Rose B Fischer
  61. Ignited | From Wentz It Came
  62. Cliffhanger | Buzzy Beez Giftz
  63. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger | We Saw the Flags of our Fathers Hoisted on Banners Above our Heads (Part 2 of 2) | Gradual Thought
  64. Close Encounters: Part 1 | MightWar
  65. A Visit to the Doctor’s Office | Just Life
  66. Weekly Writing Challenge ‘Cliffhanger’: Young Silence | Thoughts of an INFP
  67. Showdown – Part Two | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  68. Pale Blue Warning – Short Story Part One | FortyOneTeen
  69. In The Middle of The Night (Part 1) | Ornella’s Two Cents
  70. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger | thejimmieG
  71. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger Part 2 | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  72. Walking Home In The Dark | Polymathically
  73. Hidden Word poem ANSWER | writemybrainsout
  74. Orion 83 – Part 4 – The Light | L5GN
  75. You can’t make this stuff up! – Part 1 | Magnet for Foolishness®
  76. The Colours of a Day | A Room of One’s Own
  77. Perspective from the 33rd Floor: Part One | Don’t Jerk Off To This!
  78. The One with the Goddess Pele, Part 2 | Jackie Cangro
  79. Mother, part 2 | Who Would Have Guessed
  80. Mother, part 1 | Who Would Have Guessed
  81. her call | Little Cubicle
  82. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! (part 2) | In my world
  83. 12 1/2 Clichés I Want My Kids to Live By | The Human Rights Warrior
  84. The Job Interview at a Starbucks | The Libra Chronicles
  85. Close Encounters: Part 2 | MightWar
  86. A Visit to the Doctor’s Office (Part 2) | Just Life
  87. Quick Fiction #2: Bloody Ever After | Writing After Dark
  88. Destiny | A Parents’ guide to movies and games because we’re all newbs and can do with some help
  89. Cliffhanger: Remembering a Night of Regret (Continued) | mytakemythoughts
  90. The ending of 4am madness | Life of A Fallen Angel
  91. At Wit’s End | In So Many Words
  92. Cliffhanger! Part 3: Return to Space Academy | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  93. The Bitts | Billyboyblog
  94. That time we lived next door to a murderer, 1982 Part 1 | Jaye’s Brain
  95. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger | br4ceyourself
  96. Weekly Writing Challenge ‘Cliffhanger’: Young Silence (Part Two) | Thoughts of an INFP
  97. That time we lived next door to a murderer, Part II (Conclusion) | jayesbrain.wordpress.com
  98. Cliffhanger – Embracing the Challenge | Sleeping Geeks
  99. First writing challenge – Indigo Gym | It is not the critic who counts….
  100. Walking Home In The Dark: Part 2 | Polymathically
  101. Coming Out To My Sister | Basically Beyond Basic
  102. A dark act | MC’s Whispers
  103. A Lethal Clue | MC’s Whispers
  104. An unexpected awakening | MC’s Whispers
  105. Weekly Writing Challenge-Cliffhanger | A Veil of Enlightenment!
  106. Too Damaged | donnainrecovery
  107. Music Reviews Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  108. B.O.G.O. Blog Post!! | The Fiction of Michael R. Wilson
  109. Big Shot Jerk Face (or, how I met my husband) | East Meets Breast
  110. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! | Finding Life
  111. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger | The Uncustomary Housewife
  112. Cliffhanger/Weekly Writing Challenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  113. Weekly Writing Challenge | girlinaland
  114. What Am I? | The Backwords
  115. The Daily Post Zero To Hero Challenge that is Simply the BEST Cliffhanger | The
  116. Playground
  117. First Time Out | Fish Of Gold
  118. Words Give Me Wings | Finale to an Entrance
  119. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! | diamondroseranchmn
  120. My dearest bundle | From One Crazy Life To Another
  121. Life Of A Book Lover
  122. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! | Dear Blog ’14
  123. Broken Promises Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  124. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! | imagination
  125. Cliffhanger Part 1: Disaster In Space | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  126. You Never Can Tell… | Babbleogue
  127. Cliffhanger challenge | Passionate Dreaming
  128. Seeking the Star | Leonas Lines–Poetry Plus
  129. 2000 Words Worth of Pictures… (Part 1) | The Armchair Socialite
  130. 2000 Words Worth of Pictures…(Part 2) | The Armchair Socialite
  131. Resistance is Futile, Time for a Change | Mary J Melange
  132. i made it | Musings of a Random Mind
  133. Finding “The Light” | Leonas Lines–Poetry Plus
  134. A Night at the Club | Graced Images
  135. The One with the Goddess Pele | Jackie Cangro
  136. The Raven’s Omen | The Crone’s Apprentice
  137. Weekly writing challenge: Cliffhanger | La chica de la burbuja
  138. Showdown | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  139. Weekly Writing Challenge – Cliffhanger | Joe’s Musings
  140. Cliffhanger | The World Has Room For Improvement
  141. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger (Part 1 of 2) | Gradual Thought
  142. Where’s The IT Guy? | My Play Nook
  143. Cliffhanger writing challenge | lizzyloveslipstick
  144. Was it THE cabin? | thewhitewaylifeOn the edge… | A Path of Living Stones
  145. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  146. Cliffhanger (1/2) | The Write Might
  147. if and when | staying.cool
  148. Ojhri Camp disaster (Part 1) | A mom’s blog
  149. Cliffhanger, Part Two/Weekly writing challenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  150. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger! | MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  151. life on the edge | wannabepoet
  152. Oh boy | sophosfashionoracle
  153. Living with Depression & Anxiety – Finding Meaning? | Diary of Secrets
  154. The Right in the Wrong | Random Thoughts
  155. I finally found Who i was looking For. | A Little Smile Photography
  156. one day in paradise (part one) | yoga, mindfulness, greensmoothies & other pastimes
  157. Make me famous on TV | My Outlook on the World
  158. Running Away from Needed Help – DP Challenge: Cliffhanger | Rose with Thorns
  159. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger!-Part 2 | Finding Life
  160. Cliffhanger: Remembering a Night of Regret | mytakemythoughts
  161. WWC: Cliffhanger – Drunk Calling at its Finest | Just Another Day
  162. The Dream | W is for WordPainting
  163. Cliffhanger! Part 2: Cold Refuge | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  164. Callista | Sugar n’ Spies
  165. Tarot Tuesday: My New Year Spread | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  166. Weekly Writing Challenge – Cliffhanger! | diamondroseranchmn
  167. Ten Years Later | Creative Mysteries
  168. First Time Out Part 2 | Fish Of Gold
  169. I’ll see you in the morning | Fonts and Frosting
  170. First Blood: The Dance-off |
  171. First Blood: The dance-off (Part 2) |
  172. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger nomore … Day 7 | Dear Blog ’14
  173. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger « Mama Bear Musings
  174. The pressure to succeed | ladysmartypants
  175. ‘You know what you did’ and other 4am madness | Life of A Fallen Angel
  176. Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger (Part 2 of 2) | Gradual Thought
  177. Cliffhanger: Red bricks | Variabila nedefinită
  178. Smells Like Tween Spirit – Part 1 (Cliffhanger Challenge) | Cabin Pressure May Change
  179. Gert Smit’s Tomatoes (# 6) | Rolbos ©
  180. The Boatman | Simply Miko
  181. The zzzzzzing closet | Stories from aside
  182. Ms. Delaney, Private Eye: Case Code; Deep Freeze14 | Daily Observations
  183. “Helllllp! Get Me Out of Here!” | Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  184. David’s Birthday DPChallenge Cliffhanger | Angela McCauley
  185. Daily Prompt: Mr. Biv Comes to Town | One Starving Activist
  186. DP Challenge – Part 1 | hometogo232
  187. Hidden word poem | writemybrainsout
  188. The Soup Story | So Not Simple
  189. The Raven’s Omen – Part 2 | The Crone’s Apprentice
  190. Vendetta on the Mountain | Wah Wah Zine
  191. Bible Trivia: 1-7-14 | Proverbs 31 Teen
  192. Weekly Writing Challenge: Roy G. Biv | Making Life an Art
  193. My Meh 2013 According to Facebook – part 1 | Awkward Laughter
  194. My Meh 2013 According to Facebook – part 2 | Awkward Laughter
  195. Chapter 5 – January 1C | Keigh Ahr
  196. Monster in the Dark: Pt 1 of 3 | Ripples of Truth
  197. The Worst Day of My Entire Life | The Girl Who Never Stopped Dreaming
  198. Suicide no. 19: Would You? | derekalanwilkinson
  199. A Day At The Bank « Christopher’s Cave…
  200. Daily Post: Roy G. Biv | Making Life an Art


About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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13 Responses to Weekly Writing Challenge – Cliffhanger

  1. Connie T says:

    To be continued when?

  2. kdphotobooks says:

    great story 🙂 thanks for the other writing link

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