Fish Out of Water
CHAPTER
1
“Mommy, mommy!” shrieked four-year-old Minnie May.
“Look! I see the fish!”
“Do you?” I asked with a smile.
“Yah huh! Right...there!” she pointed right by the edge of the lake.
“WOW!” she said, eyes huge.
“Mom, the fish is bigger than me!”
I rolled my eyes.
“Of course it is, honey.”
“It’s HUGE! And it’s looking at me! He want’s me to come play, mom! I wanna touch it, mommy!”
“No, honey. It’s too deep! You could fall in and get all wet.”
“I don’t care. I want to touch the fishy! He wants me!” stubbornly she stomped her foot.
“Honey—“
Then, a large piece of earth gave way right under where she stomped!
Minnie May toppled into the fast currents.
“MINNIE MAY!” I screamed, and jumped into the water after her.
I thought I could stand in the water, but then BOOM the bottom was gone, I gulped mouthfuls of lake water.
I choked.
“Minnie—Minnie May, WHERE ARE YOU?”
“Mommy! Mom—!” I heard her stop.
I panicked, still trying to stay afloat in the current.
“MINNIE MAY, STAY WITH ME! WHERE ARE YOU? TALK!”
“Banana!”
“Good! Keep talking!”
“BANANA! BAN—MOM! WATERFALL!”
Oh, dear God, no.
Please, please no.
But all too soon, I heard the waterfall.
“Mommy! I’m okay! I’m holding onto a rock! But it’s slippery—I can’t hold on much longer! Oh, Mom, I want you!”
“I’m coming, Minnie May! Oh, by God, I’ll get you!”
I swam with the current until I spotted her.
“There you are, honey! Come here and I’ll try to swim us to shore,” I said as I paddled up to the rock.
“We are NEVER going camping again.”
I grabbed the blue cardigan she was wearing, expecting my daughter to come along with it.
But all I got was the cardigan.
“MINNIE MAY!” I screamed.
I looked out onto the horizon.
Just fifty feet away...the rushing waterfall stood.
“Minnie...Minnie May?” I whispered.
The worst.
The most possible.
Possible.
POSSIBLE.
Worst thing.
Just happened to my daughter.

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