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.
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.