A FALL FROM THE SKIES
By Neel Anil Panicker
‘Asshole, he should have told me this”, Clare swore under her breath. She stepped off the steps and stood against the rocky edges. She looked up to see how far below she had come. Loomed above a staircase to the skies.
‘I should have stayed at the Visitors Center, ’ she muttered to herself.
“Madam, this is no way to see the world’s best waterfall. You need to take those steps…feel the rush of fresh icy waters gently slapping around your wrists. You need to…”
She had cut short his spiel.
“Ok, I am going down”.
‘Lovely view this, isn’t it?’
The roar of the waters below seared through her ears.
Clare looked sideways at the owner of the silvery voice. She dutifully followed his gaze.
Some fifty feet below and encircled by blackish lava rocks, the glacial waters had turned a milky white.
The guide’s words rang in her ears, “As you approach the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth.”
‘Would you like to see that from close?’
It was an offer she just couldn’t refuse.
Albert had just found his victim number 9.
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