Saturday, 30 June 2007
12:52:53 PM (GMT)
Return to the Cliffs
Jake Newbury looked at the calendar...Tim's birthday. Jake had lived alone ever since
he ran away from home when he was 16. He had been a popular kid in high school, a
starting forward on the varsity basketball team, junior class president, and the idol
of his younger brother, Tim. Tim was a shy freshman who adored his brother and
yearned to follow in his footsteps. But Jake was wrapped up in sports, school, and
his new girlfriend, and didn't have time for Tim.
One sunny Saturday, Tim was sitting around the house as Jake left to go meet his
friends at the beach. "Can I go?" Tim asked. Tim had been bugging Jake for the past
month to take him with him, and Jake was sick of it. "If I take you, you better shut
up after this."
Jake and Tim drove out to the beach and walked out to the cliffs, where Jake's
friends were jumping off into the surf. "You better not jump off...I don 't want you
to hurt yourself," Jake told Tim. "I won't hurt myself," Tim said as he climbed the
cliffs to the highest point. "Hey, look at little Newbury," Jake's friend yelled.
"Hey kid, you gonna jump?" Tim stood shivering on the cliffs as Jake's friends
chanted "Jump, jump, jump." Tim closed his eyes as he jumped and crashed into the
Jake could still remember Tim's limp body lying on the rocks, and every year on Tim's
birthday, Jake visited the cliff where Tim jumped to his death. Jake dutifully got in
his car and drove out to the coast. As he stepped out onto the beach and looked up
towards the cliffs, Jake saw a faint image of a little boy standing out on the
highest cliff. As Jake approached the cliffs, the little boy turned to him and said
"big brother are you gonna jump with me!"
Jake remembered what happened that awful day when his wonderful little brother Tim
jumped off the cliff to impress his big brother.
Then Jake decided he didn't want this terrible thing to happen again so he ran to
his young ghost brother on top of the cliff.
"Don't Tim i cant risk you getting hurt"shivered Jake.
then suddenly he was threw back in time to ten minutes before his little brother Tim
died."I won't hurt myself," Tim said but knowing what was going to happen he grabbed
Tims arm and said"Tim if you get hurt i could never live! so come on down we'll go
get an ice cream!" They ran to the ice cream parlor and it got dark.
"lets go home and don't you try to jump off there or i wont be able to live with
myself"he said with a sigh of relief.
"ok big brother!"Tim laughed.
And they went home safely that day!