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Compromises


Copyright 2012 by K. Writerly

Smashwords Edition



“This is the worst idea on the planet.”

“Oh?” George looks up from testing the lines, ties, and cords. “Is that so?” he challenges. “It’s not the worst idea I’ve ever had?”

“It’s the worst idea anyone, anywhere, has ever had!” I insist over the rush-gush-crash of the nearby waterfall – the 100-meter-tall! waterfall which roars white fury into the slippery-rock-ringed tide pool far, far below us. I resist the urge to let my gaze stray downward. I will not be mesmerized by the frothing water beast again.

I shout, “Didn’t you see that thing on the news about that bungee jumping accident in Africa?”

“Hush! You’ll jinx us.”

“We’re already jinxed.”

“Oh, that’s a great way to start a marriage.”

“How would you kno—!” I stop, cough, and sputter. “Marriage? What—?”

He shrugs one shoulder and glances over the edge of the precipice. “How else did you think I was going to work up the nerve to ask you?”

“That’s nice,” I reply in a strangled tone. “Forget getting down on bended knee. Forget the crowd of on-lookers. Oh, no. You’d much rather face certain death! Asking me to marry you is the only marginally better alternative?”

“Well, you’re not exactly the easiest person to live with.”

“That’s not true and you know it. You’ve met my mother.”

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