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Gymnast on a Ledge

by Christopher John Assaf
Originally published by on 23/03/2018

Vanessa’s red and white leotard offered scant protection against the chilly evening air and the ground was cool to her bare feet.

Down below, traffic bustled and people were shouting. “Good,' she said. “An audience.'

She placed one foot forward and took a deep breath. Let’s do this, she thought.

She leapt forward, performing a front handspring, followed by a back handspring.

I did it, she mused as she landed gracefully on her feet.

A siren’s wail, accompanied by flashing red and blue lights, replaced shouting fans. Panicking, Vanessa clambered down from the rooftop ledge and bolted towards the stairwell.

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