Short Story

A Strange World

My ears started working first, the echo of different sounds was reaching my ears. Then I realized that I was lying on a cold hard surface, my eye slowly fluttered open. The first thing I saw was million of small twinkling lights scattered across the sky, as dark as black ink.

I was gobsmacked for a second. I had no idea where I was. I slowly sat up and looked around. My eyes became wide as saucers as my eyes took in the scenery.

There was an edge of a cliff in front me and when I turned around, there was thick vegetation of trees all around. Crickets and other insects were chirping, but the sound of the waterfall was overlapping the other sounds. The waterfall was on my right side, actually, it was all around in front of me.

I walked a few steps and reached the edge of the cliff. I felt dizzy when I looked down the edge, water was gushing down the jagged rocks from the fall.  The fall was as deep as far my eye could go; Suddenly the rock on which I was standing started to quiver, which then turned to trembling.

My worries increased when I heard a crack and before I could take a step back, the rock cracked and shattered into tiny pieces. The floor disappeared from under my feet and I  started falling with pieces of shattered rock.

All the air left my lungs as I felt myself being airborne. My mouth opened to scream but no sound came out, my throat went dry like a desert. I couldn’t breathe for a minute. My heart went into overdrive, I was afraid I was having a heart attack.

What it will feel like when you die because of a heart attack in the air before you could even touch the water!

Shame. Where is the fun in that? If you are really gonna die by falling from a cliff, you should die at the end of that cliff, no? 

But whatever! I am going to die.

This is it, I am going to die in a strange place.

But I don’t know from where a sudden calm came over me like a bubble had formed around me. I could breathe freely and my heart beat was coming at a normal pace. And I was just floating…


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