Cliffhangers, Inc. Chapter One
By: L. Craig
The natives had departed the small clearing, the sound of
their happy chatter lost in the dense jungle. At the edge of
the cliff, two of the vines that dangled into the abyss
suddenly jerked taut and began twitching back and forth.
A few moments later, a head appeared from below the edge
and two bloodshot eyes carefully scanned the clearing. Seeing
no danger, Brad pulled himself up and rolled over onto the
dirt. He lay on his back and laughed, softly.
Stetson had been hoping that one of the natives would
notice the vine he had been holding when he went over the
cliff. He had only dropped about twenty feet before the vine
arrested his fall and he was able to find purchase for his
boots on a narrow ledge, just beneath a low overhang on the
cliff face. While holding onto the rock wall with one hand, he
kept tension on the vine with the other, until one of the
natives cut through it and he pulled the severed vine over the
edge and tossed it away. Then he cupped a hand over his mouth
and screamed, turning his face to the wall to simulate
movement of the cry, as if he were, in reality, falling a
There were a number of other vines trailing over the edge
of the cliff and Brad knew he would be able to climb up one of
them to safety, as long as the natives didn't get clever and
decide to cut 'all' of them loose. Apparently, his plan had
Saved by yet another miracle, Brad thought, as he pushed
himself to his feet. Now, he just had to figure out how he was
going to get back to civilization, while avoiding poisonous
snakes and man eating lions, not to mention further sacred
virgins and more angry tribesmen, all without food, water, no
weapon and no idea of where he was.
"Okay, okay, what do you think?" Todd asked.
Hal read over the finished copy and sighed. "Well, I guess
it will have to do. You gonna send it off?"
"Just as soon as I run a final spell check."
"Good. That bastard better get some money to us, like right
away," Hal said. "I have a feeling we have some outstanding
bills to cover." He stood watching as Todd prepared to send
the e-mail, then jumped as the doorbell rang.