Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Descent

It’s seven o’clock on a Sunday morning. We’re all sleeping late after a family party the night before. When the emergency siren first sounds through the hotel we all wake and wonder what the intrusion is. Then, as the evacuation order begins over the speakers, we hurry to put something on over our pyjamas before making our way to the stairwell with a few others on our floor. It’s only when we open the door to the stairs it dawns on us that there are hundreds of people who all need to evacuate at the same time. From the 24th floor it’s a long, slow but orderly descent to the lobby and out onto the street.

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Luckily this turns out to be a false alarm – a sensor accidentally tripped in the hotel kitchen; eventually we are allowed back inside and up to our room. There’s no going back to bed though, after all that excitement!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Descent

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12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Descent

  1. Pingback: Photo Challenge: Descent | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice

    • I have to admit that I wasn’t thinking about composition when I took the photo, as we were all wanting to get out of the building as quickly as we could. It was a lucky shot that worked out wonderfully. I like how you can see the hands on the railing all those floors down. Thanks for your compliment.

    • Judy, it was something different that’s for sure. I only took my camera, and left both my phone and my wallet much to my husband’s dismay. I was surprised that it wasn’t quicker actually. Everybody was just orderly and the pace was continuous. I did wonder, if there really had been a fire, if we would have got out.

  2. It’s good everyone was safe. My elderly parents once had to do something similar. It was an ordeal. The alarm was set off by burnt toast in one of the hotel apartments!

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