Fear

PHOTO PROMPT© Liz Young

Heights and falling. Two great phobias, and they tend to come as a packaged set.

Cathy avoided elevators, especially the popular new ones that were built into the outer wall of very tall buildings. Some people raved over the view, exclaiming at how beautiful and exciting it was.

One time, she couldn’t avoid it. She trembled the moment the doors slid closed, sweating and cold, jaw clenched, eyes squeezed shut. The man beside her laughed at first, not realizing she wasn’t faking. Her terror was real. He whispered, “We can take the stairs when we leave.”

52 thoughts on “Fear

  1. Bear

    There’s one mall we used to go to that had a glass wall elevator. Terrified the skivvies off of me, yet it was the only way I could get to the second level where, wouldn’t you know, all the stores I like to shop at were. I couldn’t manage the escalators with my canes and odd gait, so it was the only choice. I would go in, turn and face the door, and fight the urge to scream for the whole one minute transport. My hubby would often joke with others and say I was terrified of heights. But, he’d stand behind me and block the view should I turn around anyway. It was horrible. Now, the store I loved is gone so I don’t go there anymore.

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    1. Reminds me of a trip I took to England many years ago with my oldest son. We had climbed a steep, curving staircase in the Salisbury Cathedral for the purpose of seeing and touching glass that was 700+ years old. You could actually see how much it had run over all that time. Anyway, I knew I was going to regret it, because going back down would be terrifying. My son, knowing me well, got in front of me and blocked my view. I hung on to his nice, broad shoulders all the way down 🙂

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  2. I think it freaked Connie (my wife) out when we went up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. I’m not sure how to describe the little pod we rode in, but it made some weird noises like it could use some grease. I’m just thankful she didn’t throw up. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I agree. acrophobia being one of the most common fears. I don’t know the “official” name for fear of snakes, but that also seems to be right up at the top of the list. So, of course, I had to look it up–and in doing so was subject to a few horrifying pictures which I quickly scrolled out sight-ophidiophobia.

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      1. Interesting name for it as I don’t connect snake to ophidio… My biggest phobia is of bears. I was out back one day a few years ago and heard something crashing through the woods and imagined it was a bear. I ran as fast as I could back to the house. Never found out what it was but I realized how danged slow and easy to catch I’d be if I was chased by one. lol

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    1. I didn’t intend for him to be creepy, so I’m a bit surprised at how many of you saw that in him. And I can see it too, when I consider how many real “creepy” guys there are these days. Many of them troll people–including me–on Facebook. Big clue: Look them up, they’re divorced, widowed, or just “single.” Ick.

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