The Rocky Cragg Lookout Tragedy

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Rocky Cragg Campground wasn’t Bonnie’s favorite hangout, but today, she had only one reason for being here. It would’ve been her brother Kurt’s thirty-ninth birthday, had he not died so young. His final image was embedded in her memory like a sharp, painful, twisting dagger.

In the summer of 1992, she and Kurt decided to sneak away to the forbidden lookout. It had always been a dangerous place for unsupervised kids. Ignoring all the warning signs, they set out on a daring youthful adventure. At just ten and twelve, they jumped from rock to rock, balancing on the edge of life and death without fear. Bonnie soon tired, so she waited patiently for Kurt to make his way to her from afar. Lowering her head for only a second, she lifted it to find her little brother gone. Standing stunned, she waited for his voice, then suddenly snapped into reality and ran. As she entered the campground screaming in utter terror, her frantic parents instantly knew they’d lost their only son forever.

There was no closure for Kurt’s tragic accident and she could never stop blaming herself. Now, in momentary depression, all she wanted to do was lean forward and bash her head into the sharp rocks; to end the nightmare and join Kurt in his suffering. After all, it was her idea to come here that day. Thankfully, suicide was only a passing thought.

She’d survived that childhood horror to have a good life and kids of her own, but wouldn’t bring them anywhere near this hellish death trap.

It was time to leave, but in a year, she'd force herself back to Rocky Cragg Campground, as she’d done since she was old enough to drive, to relive the agonizing journey over again as her secret self-punishment.

 


Submitted: June 16, 2021

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