TITLE: A STEP TOO FAR
GENRE: YA suspense
My fingers grip the handlebars of my bike. Pebbles fly from the pavement. If anyone asks (which they won’t), I’m barreling toward the Battersall Pass Bridge. My path to purging a rotten school year from my brain.
Okay, that’s only partly true.
I have a plan.
The bridge in sight, I slide off the bike and head toward the pedestrian walk that hangs under the actual bridge and leads to the scenic observation deck where hikers and birdwatchers flock in good weather. More than likely they’ll be out today. Not a problem. They’ll be looking up. I won’t.
The high concrete walls and ceiling tremble from the rumble of heavy tires overhead. The place smells of brine and stale, forgotten food. Guide lights along the bottom edge of the pathway splay light in the gloom. Not a place to linger. I shiver a little and move along quickly.
Finally, the walkway gives way to the deck. Today, shadows from the bridge girders hide most of the sun, but the water below sparkles with bracelets of sunlight.
I stand on the bottom rung of the railing and lean over. Fifty feet down the water glides in lazy swirls. An invitation. I hold out my arms like a heron ready to fly…
A raven swoops. Not a good sign. Ravens are bad luck in my family. I want my jump to be perfect. To impress the swim team.
One of the birdwatchers moves toward me. I step down and shrug.
Not today, I think.