In response to M’s writing prompts which you can find at the link below. These are often just quick pieces, ideas or glimpses of what might be…Fun to do though. I used to try do them in 101 owrds but meh, it’s close enough…See the prompts here
The lights of the night beyond splashed across the hotel bedroom walls and painted his body in neon pinks and blues as he walked towards the window. Breathing deep he slid open the heavy glass panes and the noise of the city spilled in with the cold winter air. Shivering he lit a cigarette and watched below, the smell of her cheap perfume still on his skin and that god awful noise she made ringing in his ears.
Fighting against the wind Dennis folded the map and forced it angrily in to the side pocket of his pack.
“So, where now?” Cath asked taking a drink from her canteen and motioning towards the valley below them. “Down there? Seems the best route I think.”
Dennis took a deep breath and counted to five in his head as he watched the water glisten on her lips. She licked them noisily and it made his stomach lurch uncomfortably.
“No, we need to head up.” He pointed westwards to where the sun was beginning to arc towards the snow covered peaks. “The pass is another couple of hundred feet up and a few hours beyond that we should be not too far from the cabin.”
“A couple of hours? Jesus Dennis how are we so far off track? I thought you said you knew how to read a map”
Dennis snatched the canteen and took a drink.
“Careful” Cath snapped back, “that’s got to last us until we can find water again and you know I get thirsty.”
He stared at her as he felt the water slip down his throat and down through his chest like a knife slicing slowly into him. His heart was racing and he wondered if anyone would believe him if he said she’d slipped and fell into a ravine.
“Sorry, you’re right” he replied. “I don’t know where we went wrong. We need to get moving though as we need to be there before dark.” He knew exactly where they had gone wrong, they had gone wrong when Cath had insisted on taking charge because he always got these things wrong apparently.
Dennis hauled his pack onto his back and pulled the straps tight. There was snow in the air and the temperature was dropping. Probably too cold for her to die from hyperthermia if caught out he thought, far too early in the season. Pity.
“This way then” he said setting off along the narrow track along the cliff top. To their left tall pines climbed into the sky and far below he could hear the babble of water.
“Maybe you should go down and get some water before we set off” Cath suggested shaking the bottle.
“Maybe you should get mauled by a bear in the night because your sleeping bag has been filled with bacon” Dennis thought to himself before insisting that there was a waterfall on the map not far away and that they could hold out until then.
“I’m really thirsty “ Cath replied taking another drink. “Are you okay waiting until we get there?”
“Yes dear of course” Dennis replied, his fists curled into a ball wondering whether there were wolves in the area.
They walked quietly for a while, the beauty of their surroundings lost on Dennis as he stared at the ground counting the steps as he went. This was supposed to be a trip to help fix things but just a day in and things were resuming their usual patterns of accusation and recrimination.
“Gorgeous isn’t it” he said looking up and motioning to the white tipped mountains in the distance. “The brochures really don’t do it justice.”
Cath didn’t respond and when Dennis turned around he saw that she had her ear buds in and was humming along to whatever she had playing. It was probably Bach. She liked Bach. Bach made him feel stupid because he simply could not appreciate it like his wife and her university friends did.
“Fuckin Bitch” he said aloud.
God that felt good.
She looked up, removing one of the buds from here ear. “Did you say something?” She asked.
“No Dear” Dennis responded. “Not long to go now though and we should be at the waterfall.”
“Ok” Cath said and went back to her music.
“I want to screw your sister” Dennis muttered under his breath smiling.
Cath removed her earbuds again. “Are you sure you didn’t say something? You do have a habit of mumbling as you know.”
“Bears” thought Dennis. Bear would probably eat all of her, even her fat arse.
“Up there look” Dennis said “the waterfall.”
The last hundred metres seemed to take forever as the path grew steeper and underfoot large rocks made the going difficult. By the time they reached the summit they were both breathing heavily.
“God look at that, isn’t it amazing” Dennis said. Before him a river cut through the rocks and plunged downwards to the valley below.
“Yeah its lovely” Cath said handing him the canteen. “Fill that up will you I want to take a photo.”
Dennis watched as she walked up to the edge of the bank where the river fell over the cliff edge. Unfortunately it wasn’t particularly fast flowing so there was little chance that she would be washed away.
“Hey Dennis, come and take a photo with me” Cath called out.
Dennis walked over reluctantly, his usual smile plastered across his face.
“One for the scrap book” He said standing next to Cath, the heavily wooded valley stretching far into the distance.
“Indeed it will be” Cath said as quite suddenly she pushed Dennis hard in the back and he stumbled forward twisting slowly as he plunged over the cliff top.
Looking up he saw her smiling down at him as he fell towards his death.