Your protagonist is a skiled rock climber who likes to challenge themselves. In the middle of a daring climb, they suddenly have an attack of doubt and begin to question their ability.
Imagine what this might be like for someone who is normally completely confident in their skill.
The air here is crisp,
and full of ‘what if’s’
I’m so close to the top
Of this mountainous cliff
A rock shift
A slight rift
A finger slip
And a confidence dip
I can’t hold on
I feel all wrong
All of a sudden my body is aching
Hands are cramping, and muscles are breaking
These are the last few breaths I’ll be taking
I am going to fall
All the way down
From the highest ...
Jackie began to climb, giving it her all. So far, everything had been going fine. She took care of herself and knew what to do. She couldn’t believe it. Jackie was nearing the top, when, all of a sudden, she began to look down. Fear took over her.
She knew the short distance left to the top would determine if she will finally make it. Jackie began to question her abilities.
“Can I really do this?”...
The snow blew in their faces with a large force. Ashina and her wolves pushed on through it.
"How much farther?" A wolf shouted above the loud howling wind.
"Just a little more!" Ashina called back.
Then, the snow stopped and the wolves walked the rest of the way out of the trees. The plains before looked much more peaceful than the forest they had walked through.
Ashina found a huge rock and ...
“You all right man? Hank asked. “You good?”
“I’m good. Nothing can ruin my shine. Some people need to walk on bare earth to be grounded but I need sheer rock to get lifted, bruh. You know what I mean?” Alan said.
Serene blue crags sheltered by bare maples, Birdsboro Quarry was Alan’s second home. He met Molly here. That thought left Alan exposed. A hollowness seeped into Alan as he reached on h...
I used to think it was nothing to
Scale a cliff
Propelled upward by curiosity and enthusiasm
A desire for adventure
And to show off for the sun
I loved it
It was fun so
Up and off the cliff I would run
But one day growing up
All the sudden
I was done
The wind felt heavier
The ledge felt sharper
The eyes felt judgier
My body jiggled my
As Alex hung precariously from the sheer rock face, his fingers gripping the cold, unforgiving edges of the granite, doubt crept into his mind. It was an emotion he rarely entertained, especially in a place where confidence was as essential as oxygen.
The wind whistled through the narrow crevices, carrying the distant sound of birds and the muted rush of a waterfall somewhere below. The sun cast ...
Jack was rappelling along a red cliff, zig-zagging with the wind that whistled just to tell him he was looking pretty. He laughed to himself.
“What’s funny?” Dylan shouted the question. When Jack got a good look at his face, he knew something was wrong.
“Jack, I’m sorry.” Dylan’s mouth pinched down like he was going to cry, while his eyes shifted in fear. “I didn’t know I’d be so stupid as...
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