Ten Stories Down
By the time Adam is falling it no longer matters whether it was an accident, whether he was pushed, or pushed himself. All that matters now are the ten stories rushing toward him and the ground.
How strange, Adam thinks, that he has time to think how strange, let alone watch his reflection in that first window: grey flecks in his beard, his unzipped jacket fluttering like a sail. He is back on his solo sailing trip around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, same beard, and wind. It is the moment the wind starts up again, after days of idle floating, depression. He has no clothes on, screaming into the blue, longing to bottle up the feeling for when he returns...
* Ten Ways the Animals Will Save Us is the tenth anniversary anthology of Retreat West.