The Cliffs of Insanity


I stood on the cliff, barefoot and bikini-clad.

Glaring at the other kids until I was satisfied they wouldn’t push me, I peeked over the edge.

Sheer rock, straight down. Grey granite sinking into dull green water.

Two boulders with a small gap of ocean in between marked my destination.

I stepped back and blew out a breath. “That’s fucking high. Like, really high.”

“Yeah,” Jim backed away. “Ladies first.”

I rolled my eyes. “You’re kidding.”


“Nice,” I stared him down. “Wait. You’re not jumping, are you?”


“Fine,” I threw my towel at him, sprinted, and jumped.



Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch

March 23, 2016 prompt: Adventure In 99 words (no more, no less) tell about an adventure experienced or witnessed.

This week, the challenge was more of a flash nonfiction. I was 15 years old and the only girl of the group to jump. #truestory

I shamelessly stole this title from a line in The Princess Bride (one of my favorite movies).


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19 thoughts on “The Cliffs of Insanity

  1. All I can say is: I’m pleased it’s written in the first person. I know “you” survived. Crazy though! Too many tragedies happen this way, with probably as little thought in the process as what you have portrayed. Well done!

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    • I see what you did there. Had an “edge” to it. Awesome. 💙 Thanks, Irene. Perhaps I will write more nonfiction. I love when memories read like fiction. (But I do love my fictional characters…)


    • It was quite the plunge. VERY high. (And, yes, sorry about that…I completely misunderstood and thought it was supposed to be a BOTS. Well. I certainly had fun baring that bit of myself.) 😉


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