When I first read these words, the obvious picture came to mind: Creepy shadow on your bedroom wall. But I wanted to be as original as I could, so thought, if it's not a man-made wall, maybe it's a rock wall! So this is what I came up with: (And I'm proud of myself because it's exactly 200 words annnnd I get to share a cool pic of my hubby who is a pro rock climber)
Shadows crept across the wall, the slab of rock towering three thousand feet above me. I placed my palms flat on the surface, nothing but the quiet rush of river and the melodic string of birds sounding on the air. With a quick, unsteady breath, I dug my fingers into the rock and pushed off with my feet. Tendons strained and my stomach tightened as I crossed my right arm over the left, finding a good slab to grip. My legs tucked up underneath me as I pushed upward, continuing the climb.
The morning sun burned the back of my neck and sweat gathered on my fingertips. I reached into my chalk bag, dried off, and then paused to shake out the lactic acid.
Three days. It would take three days to climb this wall.
Anxiety bubbled, but I shoved it down. Flattened it. I could do this. Would do this for him. The image of his dying face surfaced to mind, my eyes zooming in on his lips as he told me his life goal. Climb El Capitan.
I shook myself from my thoughts and pulled out a biner. Slide, clip, and release. Only three hundred more to go.
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