A Double Scotch … as quick as you can!
I feel alone and scared. Nothing comes out when I open my mouth to scream. No one down there is concerned. Even the office workers, only a few feet away from me, aren’t interested. I grip the rope with both hands and realise my safety helmet won’t be of much use if I fall. I’m suspended in a cradle from one of the tallest buildings in London, 30 St Mary Axe; better known as the Gherkin.
I must be the only professional window cleaner who’s developed a fear of heights … at totally the wrong moment in time.
About the author
Alan has been writing short stories for six years. Before that, he was the editor of a civic society newsletter for seven years. When he first started writing fiction, his published work was rewarded with complimentary copies from magazines. His first cheque arrived on Christmas Eve 2009.
In 2011 he made the short list for one story and became a prize winner for flash fiction. Alan also won first prize, of £100, in a poetry competition in 2013. The last three accolades were awarded by the same best-selling UK magazine for writers. Alan’s work has been read out on Internet radio and his stories are now published in hard copy magazines and e-zines.