He landed hard, on flat stone. The impact jarred his hand, and the stone bounced out, leaving his fingers tingling, but otherwise normal. At the same moment he was enveloped in a sudden whirlwind of sound and rushing air, as though he had suddenly opened a window in a speeding train. The impact of the sound was like a physical blow, almost as strong as the force of his fall.
Kyle had involuntarily closed his eyes in anticipation of landing in the water, but he opened them now, squinting against the rushing wind. A lance of shock and fear shot through him. He rose carefully to his knees, and looked around. Read the rest of this entry »