April A to Z Challenge: L

Ladder into water

Today's writing prompt for the AtoZ challenge is: Ladder into water. Here is my entry:


When she first discovered the pool back in April, the waterfall was still running heavy and the bottom end of the ladder was hidden from view in the water’s depths. But now it was June, the waterfall had dried up, and the pool had been shrinking by the day. The moss, previously thick and bright on the ladder’s submerged rungs, was drying up and flaking off as the water receded and the ladder dried off, inch by inch. Peering down from the edge of the pool, she thought she could see the last rung, still submerged, but much closer now to the surface of the water than it had been. She was tempted to climb down the ladder, into the hole. Would it be shallow enough now to stand on the bottom? Not for the first time, she wondered why it had been put there. Was it to rescue someone who had fallen in the hole? That seemed the most reasonable explanation. On the other hand, given the many secrets her aunt’s property was keeping, she had a feeling there was more to it than that. In another few weeks, barring any major rainstorms, she would find out. That ladder led somewhere, and it wasn’t just to the bottom of the pool. She was certain.

I've challenged myself to create a writing prompt and write a short response to it each day of April as part of the A to Z blogging challenge.  Read more about the A to Z blogging challenge here.  Thanks for reading!

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