April A to Z Challenge: Z

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Today's writing prompt for the AtoZ challenge is: Ziplines. Here is my entry:


They looked at the contraptions, and then at each other. His eyes were shining with excitement as he bounced in little hops. No hesitation there. She shook her head and took a step backwards. No way.

“We have to,” he said.

“We don’t.” But even as she said it, she found herself searching for clues as to how the ziplines operated. She would do it. How could they stop now? She wanted to see what was at the other side as much as he did. 

They were at the highest point on this small island, and the ziplines were anchored by a pair of thick wooden poles sunk deeply into the ground. Thick steel cording led from these posts down across the narrow inlet separating this island from the other smaller island. That island was surrounded by rough, rocky waters. There was no way a boat could dock there. This zipline provided the only access. A loopy harness was slung over the main cord and tethered to the pole nearest to Sam. It was waiting for a passenger. It was waiting for Sam. She sighed.

Moments later, she and Leith were strapped in. He held his strap loosely with one hand, reaching toward her with the other. She gripped her strap tightly with both hands. Their toes were pointed toward the island.

“Ready?” he asked.

“No.” She eyed the cord yet again, measuring it’s strength with her eyes. “Okay. Yes.” If she was going to do it, there was no point in delaying. It was just wasting time. “Lets go,” she said, and before she could think more about it, she pushed off. She heard Leith whoop, a half second behind her, and then forgot everything. She was flying.


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!