Jan 20th – A braver attempt had never before been seen

January 20th – A braver attempt had never before been seen


“Well, that is quite remarkable. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a braver attempt than that before, have we, Brian?”

“No, Mike, we haven’t. A lot of credit needs to go to the young man. He was definitely brave. Foolish, as well, maybe, wouldn’t you say?”

“I certainly would, Brian. Let’s have a look at the replay.”

A cut to a familiar scene. A street, at night, it could be anywhere, under the slightly grainy lens of multiple CCTV cameras, offering different angles. The main camera shows what appears to be a club, a queue outside. It appears to be winter: the prospective clientele, roughly between 20 and 40 years old, male and female, are wearing coats. It is clearly not Newcastle.

Cut to another camera, giving a side on view from further down the same street. A young man, probably in his early twenties, wearing jeans and a light jacket is running. The action is slowed down, but his movements are clearly those of someone travelling at some speed.

“Here he comes, Mike. Let’s have a look at this again.”

A cut to the main camera, facing the door, as the young man comes into view. He slows his run slightly as he approaches the door.

“You’ve got to admire his tactics, Brian. Look at the way he goes straight for the door.”

“No queue for our young hero, Mike.”

The main camera, again, shows the young man at the door of the club. The camera zooms in on the doorway, cutting out the queue, but giving sharp focus on the face of the doorman, who holds out his arm. We can see his mouth moving, but the footage is silent.

“What do you think he’s saying, Mike?”

“Well, Brian, it’s hard to be certain, but at a guess I would say that the bouncer is probably refusing the young man entry, and probably suggesting that he would be better off joining the queue like the rest of them.”

The young man appears to remain in place. The camera only shows the back of his head, until the footage cuts to another camera, positioned on a diagonal somewhere in the same street. The camera zooms in on the young man’s face: he is clearly shouting.

“Now this is where it gets good.”

The young man takes a few steps back then runs at the door. The action is slowed to a very low frame rate as he leaves the ground, and leaps at the bouncer. We see the bouncer raise both arms, and in a fluid movement catches, and then throws the young man back in the direction from which he approached the door. Still in the same frame rate we see the young man flail his arms, desperately searching for a grip on something, before landing awkwardly just beyond the kerb and rolling into the road. The bouncer walks towards him, and can be seen to say something before returning to his position at the door.

“Mike, I’m sure you’ll agree that this was a truly exceptional effort.”

“Truly exceptional, Brian. I couldn’t have said it better myself.”


Inspired by a prompt from here.

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