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|Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:02pm|
Quick introduction until I figure out the profile board - I have posted here at least once before but been writing on and off for the past couple years - more on the off side as the past couple years have also brought me a couple beautiful energetic children (I get tired just typing about them lol) Hoping to get back on track to the on side now and greatly appreciate everyone on this board as an inspiration to get and keep going!
Here is my exercise - I had to quit because it was painful for me to write - hopefully it won't be as painful to read...
The box lay just three feet away, buried beneath a foot of sand and a scattering of palm leaves. It had waited all these years, holding its treasure -- and its secret -- from the rest of the world. Two feet from the box, the thudding started. Quiet at first, almost a whisper of sound, then louder, insistent. One foot away, it sounded like a herd of elephants charging through the low-hanging branches to the left. Six inches away, the thudding had become a roar -- a warning that one step closer would reawaken the wrath of Rexnal's Curse.
Sweat was now dripping off of Jenny’s brow. She glanced down at Tom, carefully balancing on the jagged rocks protruding from the ocean cliff wall.
“Maybe this isn’t a good idea Tom. “Maybe we..”
“Come on, you can’t be but six inches from the top.” Tom yelled up to her. Just grab on and pull yourself up. We haven’t come this far to go home empty handed.”
“Better empty handed than no handed” Jenny grimaced to herself under her breath knowing that Tom would never let them turn back now. “All right, all right, ready then?” She reached for a branch feeling Tom strong hands on her legs urging her up to the top.
The branch gave way under the weight of Jenny’s fragile frame. Jenny scraped her fingers on the ground trying to steady herself but the ground seemed to turn to sand underneath her fingertips and began falling down the cliff like a waterfall eager to reach the bottom. Tom felt her weight transfer onto his shoulders and grabbed her legs to steady her.
“What’s going on?” Tom beckoned.
“I can’t get a grip. It seems like the ground is changing to sand wherever I touch.” she clamored.
“Calm down. It must just be some sand from the beach. It’s all over here. Don’t go to hysterics on me now. I am going to give you one big push, which should get you over the top. On three. Ok?”
“I don’t like this Tom” Jenny stammered.
Tom began counting “One, two, three”.
Jenny braced herself as Tom’s strong arms catapulted her over the top of the cliff. She fell onto the ground with a sense of relief to finally have solid ground underneath her instead of far below her. Her mouth dropped open in a blood curdling scream as her eyes focused on what was in front of her.
“Jenny!” Tom screamed, his hands searching for something to grab onto. “Jenny, are you ok? Throw the rope. I can’t reach the top.”
“Jenny? What happened?” Tom questioned listening to the deafening silence in reply.
Then the rope came tumbling over the edge of the cliff stopping short of his head. A quick sense of relief swept over him, knowing that she was ok.
“Jenny? Why didn’t you answer?” Tom quizzed her grasping the rope above his head and pulling himself up the cliff.
What did I do now to deserve the silent treatment Tom was wondering to himself when he heard some muffled sounds from above.
“Jenny, what is going on?” his voice once again filled with concern.
His head rose above the cliff and his heart began racing at the sight of who or what was holding the other end of the rope. The head seemed to be human, although it was hard to tell under the wild bushy hair. A neck led down to what looked like a tan antelope’s body, sleek and slender but with large black clawed feet instead of hooves. Tom shut his eyes and shook his head hoping to clear his vision. Surely he can’t be seeing what he had imagined. His thoughts were interrupted by a high shriek he recognized as Jenny’s voice.
His eyes flashed open to the same creature now moving towards him Another shriek made him whirl around to see Jenny being dragged off by what looked like a twin to the monster now not more than ten feet away.