Rock Hopping

2AA0711B-C886-4020-8CA7-0B20D774D3F4“Come on, Steve,” Danny said, “Dazzle us with your rock hopping skills.”

“This will be a breeze,” Steve yelled back to the group of friends, although he didn’t feel as confident as he tried to sound. He looked at the rocks laid out before him. The first few were relatively level, but after that, not so much. He took a first tenuous jump and nailed it.

Steve looked at some of the rocks up ahead, then looked back at Danny and the other guys who were egging him on. Looking back again at the rocks, he worried that he may have overestimated his skills, but felt compelled to press forward. He managed to jump a few more rocks, much to the delight of his friends.

The more rocks Steve was able to hop, the more his confidence grew. Unfortunately, on his eighth hop, Steve’s foot slipped on the wet surface of the rock, and he took an awkward fall into the shallow, rocky water of the riverbed.

It was during the ambulance ride to the hospital when Steve, having suffered a broken leg and arm, acknowledged that he had underestimated the risk of rock hopping.


Written for the Opposites Attract prompt from Teresa (The Haunted Wordsmith), where the opposites are overestimate and underestimate. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (dazzle), Your Daily Word Prompt (breeze), Word of the Day Challenge (level), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tenuous).

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