=== well, now, that was close. good go. === him, smiling at me.
===uh-uh, we’re not to the top of the tree yet; race isn’t over. === and as I started climbing further to the top branches; positive cuz of his weight being more than my own, I could surely climb up farther than he’d be able; he’d break branches I would easily be supported by – I heard from the Man (below): === you little vixen, you out maneuvered me! === vixen you say? I dare not! all’s fair up here in the air. I win! === (now, who’s smiling – thinking, not saying!)
I was swaying in the upper-most branches, holding onto the slimmest of limbs. he? pretty good; he was able to touch my foot from where he was (I’d kicked off my sandals to get up there) – but [knew] if he kept going up, the weight would take us both down…
=== okay, you win. === thank you, Sir. === hey? === what? === do you trust me? === yeahhhh; but why ask? === are you willing to jump? free fall down? === are you crazy? === absolutely! === look, I’ll come down a few branches and you can win, okay? === no, stay up there; I’ll climb down and then you jump; I promise I’ll catch you. will you do it? === how are you so sure you can catch me? === how come you question me when I say you’ll be okay? === because i’m going out to dinner with my grandparents this eve and my dress will look better if one of my legs isn’t broken with a cast. === i’ll catch you! === i’ll jump then! === there’s my girl; remember coming out of the branches you need to jump in a v with legs/head up. === i know! === no, you don’t! === yes, I do. === good, then jump! ===
and i did, and he caught me, and it was fun and he didn’t drop me.
(to be continued)