‘You’ve let yourself go.’
‘What happened to ‘in sickness and in health?’’ I muttered.
‘It didn’t say ‘in sloppiness and in trim.’’ he replied.
I headed high. Not just conquering the summits but demolishing all my demons at once, mountains, heights, planes, and facing the ultimate vertiginous test. Gliding, without looking back, I was a speck in the vast vista, a condor skimming the Andes, an albatross cruising the endless oceans, a lammergeier, laser-eyed, scanning for prey below, a swift screaming at the wind. Surfing cumulus and nimbus, I breasted the curve and, unfurling my wings, I let myself go.
Bridget J. Daly lives in North London with a husband, son and black and white cat. She is a museum tour guide who enjoys trying to write flash fiction.
“Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)” by Noel Reynolds is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
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