When Fear Make You Sweat


Image c. by Dale Rogerson

Esther peered down the narrow hallway. A tunnel, almost, with its arches closing over her head. “We have to go through there?”

“Yes…if we want to see the rest of the art gallery,” their guide replied, his quiet sniff betraying his view of uncooperative tourists.

Like a snobby English butler, Esther thought. Well, she couldn’t help it. She was sweating now, terror almost suffocating her as she eyed the passage. Against it stood the fear of being left on this side all alone. The struggle in her mind paralyzed her.

“Let’s proceed, everyone.” The guide’s tone forbade any dissension.


Just looking at a picture like this makes me shiver. Can you guess why? 🙂
100-word story written  for Friday Fictioneers  This is a great exercise in making every word count!


36 thoughts on “When Fear Make You Sweat

    • I have a small dose of claustrophobia, but not the depth of panic that some have. Airplanes and subways can be nightmares for people seriously afflicted. When I’m in an underground place I imagine the sky high above me and it gets me through.
      Hope that explains. Thanks for leaving your question.

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      • My husband experienced a serious bout of claustrophobia when we visited the catacombs under Rome. But there was no way for him to get out of those narrow tunnels…I wish he had know about your visualization technique.


    • Doesn’t sound like. He wants to get on with his job. If you don’t suffer from a particular phobia yourself, you can’t imagine how handicapping a fear can be. “Come on, get over it.” Thanks for your visit and comment.


    • I noticed that. For those of us who have a bit — or a lot — of it, a picture like this will definitely bring it out. I seems though, that the general response has been fear- or pursuit-related. Are we a morbid bunch? 😉 Thanks for leaving your comment.


    • Thanks for your comment. It will be worth it. If Esther were too handicapped by fear to tackle situations like this, she wouldn’t be going on tours. A claustrophobic person dashes through, mind focussed on the openness on the other side. 🙂

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  1. Ha ha, we both saw the same thing! I hope Esther gets through unscathed and there is another less restricted exit on the other side. Great descriptions of both her fear and the guide’s attitude. 🙂


    • I’m guessing there’s a “wimp-out” option in every tour. Esther won’t have been the only one the guide has had hesitating and sweating at this prospect. But she’ll have to conquer this or face paralyzing situations all the time. “Mind over matter.” Or is it “matter over mind” in this case? 🙂
      Thanks for leaving your thoughts.


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