Choosing Not to Drown

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It was too much.  The weight of everything.  Promising to crush what little hope that dwelled within her heart.  And although she promised herself to never give up, sometimes it seemed a sweet release.  She was strong, she knew – but sometimes, yes sometimes, her heart was weak.  It became too much.  A burden to carry and it begged silence.  As she climbed the rocky passageway down to the cliff above the sea, she felt more at peace than ever before.  Each step calling her to the next.  And at that last moment – when she stood upon the precipice in hopes of ending it all, she slipped.  She tumbled downward and a scream choked in her throat.  She felt the cold waters embrace her body.  The shock of everything filled her chest.  She was there, she was ready to jump and then – the decision was stolen from her.  Fate has a way of playing with you.  You go one way hoping to make a decision and instead of being decided, it is made for you.  She lay limp upon the waters, uncertain whether to live or die.  Her legs silently tread in the water.  Her hands were outstretched, perhaps in shock or determination.  It was too hard to tell in the darkness of the night.  It was then that she knew what she must do.  Head held above water and silently rocking in the waves, she was calm and determined.  She held her head above water, for it was the only decision she could make herself.

(c) Sumyanna 2015

 

Submitted for The Daily Post Prompt: precipice

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. leigha66 says:

    Wonderfully written!

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  2. L.E. Hunt says:

    I love it 🙂

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much!

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much!

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  3. This is very good, Sumyanna. You can feel her making this decision.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much Robbie. These were written as an intro to a story prompt based on an image. It was a different image, one I did not own and it was not free to use so I chose this one. I rather enjoy doing these. Not sure if I have the skills to pull an entire story together, but it is good practice for later down the road 🙂

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  4. Pablo Cuzco says:

    An article I read said, when asked what the one thing they wished they could have changed about their lives, after jumping, survivors of suicide attempts at the FDR Bridge in Poughkeepsie, NY invariably replied: That they hadn’t jumped.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      I can’t imagine how hard it must be leading up to that decision and to wonder what it must be like as they fall… do they wish they hadn’t? It is incredibly sad to think that some struggle so much that it seems like a better choice.

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      1. Pablo Cuzco says:

        I think given the finality of the act, you would realize you could have done anything you wanted with your life, and lived with the consequences, instead of giving it up.

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        1. Sumyanna says:

          So true. Hopefully more will make the right choice.

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