Saturday Centus Week 89 – Prompt: A cliffhanger using “Hanging off a cliff!” – in 50 words – “Take My Hand” Part 2

15 Jan

Part 1

Children gathered around, anxious to make a start on our seaside walk. They’d been excited for weeks in anticipation of seeing the sea-worn cliffs.

Not long into the walk, I heard a scream. Adults checked. All were there.

Another scream.

Peering over the cliff edge, I saw a child. We phoned for help as I comforted her.

“I’m slipping!” she screamed.

I couldn’t stand the thought of doing nothing so I started down.

Grabbing the best handhold I could, “Take my hand.”

She couldn’t reach. I had to give up my footing relying on one handhold.

“He’s hanging off a cliff!” someone above called.


Now Part 2

Stretching out towards her, fingers touched. I felt her sweaty hand in mine. There was terror in her eyes.

I smiled, “I have you.”

“I just wanted a day off school,” she sobbed.

From above came the sound of a helicopter. A rope dropped. We were soon secured and lifted.



Posted by on January 15, 2012 in 2. Saturday Centus


5 responses to “Saturday Centus Week 89 – Prompt: A cliffhanger using “Hanging off a cliff!” – in 50 words – “Take My Hand” Part 2

  1. Ames

    January 15, 2012 at 07:26

    I’ll never send my grandchildren on a field trip ever, ever again! Especially since they don’t even have seat belts on the buses.

    I was on the edge of my seat with this one!~Ames

  2. Judie McEwen

    January 15, 2012 at 12:52

    I thought for a minute I was watching that old movie “The Bad Seed,” but you saved the day, Ross!!

  3. anita

    January 15, 2012 at 14:52

    Way to go! And you did it with hardly any words!!

  4. Jo

    January 16, 2012 at 06:58

    Wonderfully written … what a scary concept …

  5. Jenny Matlock

    January 21, 2012 at 08:50

    Ross! Wow. This felt really vivid to me.

    Your terse use of words really helped cast the dramatic spell of this conclusion.

    Really great writing here.

    As always.


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