Cliffhangers, Inc. Chapter One
By: L. Craig
After a few minutes, he called Hal back over. "Okay, okay,
what about this?"
The natives ran screaming up to the cliff edge, furious at
not being able to kill the white devil themselves. They
clustered near the drop-off, stamping their feet and shaking
their spears in frustration. Several of them attempted to look
over the edge, but all they could see was the turbulent river,
One of the warriors noticed a vine that was stretched taut
as it hung from a low branch where it went over the lip of the
cliff. This seemed odd, since all of the other vines that
disappeared over the edge were lying flat on the ground. He
walked over and tapped the vine. It was pulled so tight it
nearly vibrated when he touched it. There definitely appeared
to be some heavy weight attached to the other end, somewhere
far down the cliff-face.
He called over a companion and they excitedly discussed
this unusual find. Then they smiled, as one of them took a
large knife from his belt and with one blow, severed the thick
vine. The loose end quickly disappeared over the edge of the
cliff and they heard a startled cry from somewhere below.
They all crowded up close to the cliff as the scream slowly
faded and then abruptly stopped. Overjoyed, the natives
stomped their feet and howled with pleasure, as they could now
return to their village and tell everyone that they had
personally killed the man who had befouled the honor of their
"How's that, then?" Todd asked, leaning back and lighting a
Hal read from the monitor over his friend's shoulder and
smiled. "Yeah, that's a little better. You still have to bring
him back for next week's installment."
"Okay, okay, no problem," Todd said and returned to the
keyboard, once again.
Hal turned away from the desk and noticed that the message
light was blinking on their answering machine. "Hey, dude,
have you checked our