She crawled to the edge and looked down. Below, far below, she could see water. Ripples thrown up by the breeze spread lazily across the surface casting shadows in the afternoon sun then disappearing under overhanging bushes like waves of troops forging into battle, never to return. Apart from the movement of the water and the rustle of the wind the scene was still. Cool and inviting, in other circumstances she would have thought it picturesque.
Behind her a sheer rock wall stretched to the sky. The only interruptions to its smooth surface were several tint ledges not more than an accidental outcrops, upon one of which she found herself. At the top of the wall, far out of reach, was the path from which she had fallen. Normally sure-footed, a misstep as she was hurrying home took her too close to the edge. In an instant her world had become a patch of dirt she could almost span with legs and arms extended.
The ledge boasted a single, spindly bush, grimly sucking life from the scrap of earth it had been assigned. The bush had cushioned the fall leaving her with a few cuts and scratches but no broken bones. That was the good news. Everything else was seriously bad. With no way to climb back up, the only choice was down which was out of the question. Even if she had any mountaineering skills, which she did not, the wall offered no handholds so unless she sprouted wings, “down” meant falling and she had already done enough of that for one day to be less than enthused about willingly continuing the plunge. If she had been the type to panic, that would have been an excellent time to do so but she was made of sterner stuff. Making herself comfortable against the bush she watched the darkness spread.
She heard sounds, move...
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... of that right away.
They unpacked and Sonia headed outside to refresh her little charges while Charlie grabbed a beer from the fridge and came out to the deck to enjoy the cool of the evening. After a while Sonia dropped into the chair beside him. Reaching over to take a pull from his beer she said ‘Hey, that little tree frog that fell into the hanging orchid has gone.’
Charlie took his beer back and shrugged. ‘Not surprising. With this heat it would have just gone and jumped in the pond and swum off to joins its friends. Seems like there are a few out there tonight.’ He nodded toward the reeds beside the pond from which an incessant frog chorus was coming.
‘That’s a big jump for a little frog,’ Sonia was doubtful.
‘Yeah, but those little suckers are made of rubber. It would have been fine.’
‘I guess so. It was a good weekend, wasn’t it?’
‘Yep, the best.’
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