#writephoto — Into the Deep

Craig was the adventurous one. Alan was more cautious. So naturally, Craig had to cajole his older brother, to call him a pussy and a wimp, in order to get him to walk to the edge of the ravine and to look down at the dark, swirling water far below.

“Feel like going for a swim, bro?” Craig teased. “It’s so damn hot and I bet diving into the chilly water would be really refreshing.”

“No way,” Alan said as he backed away from the edge. “You’d have to be crazy to jump in the water from this height. If you want us to go swimming to cool off, let’s hike back down the path to the water’s edge at the bottom of the ravine.

“I can’t believe my big brother is such a wus,” Craig said. “You go ahead and hike back down there, Alan, and call up to me when you get there so you can witness my feat of heroism and athleticism.”

“Craig, you’re nuts,” Alan said. “You don’t even know how deep the water is at this spot. Please, I’m begging you, come with me. Don’t do it. It’s not worth getting hurt or worse.”

“Sorry, Alan,” I’m not a wimp like you. I’m going to dive in now.” Craig took a deep breath, moved to the precipice, gave a Tarzan-like shout, and dived.

******

Alan couldn’t shake the tremendous guilt he felt for not being able to talk his kid bother out of his reckless act. Tears streamed down his eyes as he sat at Craig’s funeral three days later.


Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt. Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (swim), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (chilly).

13 thoughts on “#writephoto — Into the Deep

    • Fandango February 12, 2021 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks. I know it wasn’t a happy ending.

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  1. lindakempwriter February 12, 2021 / 3:35 pm

    Ooof! I knew a bad ending was coming, but I thought it would end in a wheelchair. Good story, bad that it actually happens in life too often though.

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  2. Marleen February 12, 2021 / 4:15 pm

    One of the most important things to learn as a child, and HEED (always): Don’t dive (or, really, even jump) into water not previously explored for safety and depth!

    It’s a realistic story, though.

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  3. Sadje February 12, 2021 / 6:57 pm

    So sad! But sometimes people do crazy things like this

    Liked by 1 person

  4. leigha66 February 17, 2021 / 6:36 pm

    We have a state park close by with a couple of bluffs pretty high up and there have been people who fall there, one was in my daughters class. Thankfully she did not permanently injure herself, but was hospitalized a long time. Very true to life story!

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