(c) A Mixed Bag 2013
It hadn’t helped that the beds in the Waterfront Guest House had mattresses as hard as stone. A lack of sleep put me in the wrong frame of mind to be scaling the heights. But I was caught between a rock and a hard place.
The mountain, known locally as ‘Mike Dropz’, is named after the unfortunate Michael Shay Love. On his maiden flight, Mike had suffered an unexpected wardrobe malfunction with his wingsuit and hit the water at terminal velocity. The local Lake News headlines splashed ‘Shay, Hell No!’ and ‘Wave Goodbye’.
Mike’s body was dredged from the lake and entombed on the peak. It was a tasteful ceremony, with a Bavarian Oompah band playing ‘Love on a Mountain Top’. It brought a tear to many an eye, although that could have been the biting wind.
At the halfway point between ground and peak, I briefly lowered my head in tribute to Mike. I had made his suit, after all.
Clipping my safety harness to the overhead fixture, I sat down on the plush leather seats for my mid-morning Kaffee und Kuchen. Riding a luxury cable car in the Bavarian Alps is definitely the better way to travel.
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12 thoughts on “Mountain Tension”
It was a tasteful ceremony, with a Bavarian Oompah band playing ‘Love on a Mountain Top’.
The mind boggles.
Thanks. It had to be seen to be believed!
As wardrobe malfunctions go that’s up there with the worst of them! I complain when a button .pops off.
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Thanks. Unfortunately, Mike wasn’t able to complain. 😉
You sense of humor made this an enjoyable story..
Thanks. I enjoyed writing it!
Well done. Love the twist at the end.
Thanks. He’s not going to put himself at risk!
For sale – wing suit. Used once, never opened. Slight stain.
Hilarious, Steve. I love the fact he made the defective suit. It was a great twist at the end that he was on a cable car and not climbing. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne
Thanks. I thought of him as a sneaky chap!