May 31, 2017 11:00am CST
There is a waterfall around thirty minutes from me that used to be quite a stop to hang out and have fun. It was mostly quiet when we went, maybe one or two other groups of people there when we would arrive. We mostly kept to ourselves, but not out of any sense of fear or impolite behavior. The majority of the time, we were leaving as they were coming or vice versa. There was one time that we were still there at the falls when a new group came. It was a group of maybe five fellows to us four girls (and our obligatory gay friend.. I jest..). They seemed friendly enough, though I have always been the more reserved amongst my group of friends - some of which have now turned acquaintances. I digress. The day was hot and so we spent the majority of the time in the waters instead of just hanging out at it's edges as was our usual norm. We watched as the fellows embarked on a curious task of climbing up the falls. Now this was not an easy endeavor by any means, but they managed and then called out for us to come and join them. I held my position at the back of the group, and so was the last to grab the outstretched hand of the fellow above me. I did manage to grab it, but only for a fleeting moment before I found myself propelled backwards, my poor bum and hips scraping against each rock and bramble along the way. The final jolt was when I landed at the bottom, but by this time I was just happy to be alive. I smiled up at my concerned friends and managed a laugh. "You know what?" I said. "I think I"ll just stay down here." We haven't gone back to that waterfall in years. A friend of mine tells me it's not what it used to be and is surrounded by more n'eer do wells now.
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Yes. I had a nasty bruise, several cuts, and a sore bum for some time after. My friends didn't stay very long at the top, luckily, and we soon went home after that. All these years later (about 10) I wonder if the guy didn't do it on purpose. I wouldn't think so, as his reaction seemed genuine. I guess it's just something for me to ponder.