“Telling lies”

”Just do it,” He told me as I stood on the top of that bridge.

”I can’t” I answered.

I knew this was what I had bragged about for so long. And now when we were here, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do something I had said I’d done so many times.

”Just jump,” He said again as I kept hesitating.

I couldn’t do it.

I didn’t want to do it.

But I knew that if I didn’t do it, then my tales would be exposed as the lies they were.

So I had to do it. I had to jump.

And I did.

I saw how the river came closer and closer and I regretted what I had done.

I knew it was going to hurt.

I knew I shouldn’t have jumped.

The landing made the bottom of my feet hurt so bad that I didn’t think there was a bone in my feet I hadn’t broken.

But there was nothing I could do.

I had to get back to the surface.

I broke through and took one long deep breath before I looked back up to the top of the bridge and saw my friends standing there looking down at me.

Laughing.

Pointing.

I didn’t understand what was so funny.

I had done it.

It wasn’t just a story I told anymore.

I had done it.

My feet hurt. But I was delighted with myself. And I couldn’t understand what they were laughing about.

Then I understood.

I understood what they had done.

I saw them standing there. My clothes in their hands Ready to leave.

And I understood that they didn’t want me to jump because they want to see it.

They wanted to humiliate me.

And they succeeded.

I had to walk home that day, naked.

And I never told another story that wasn’t true again.

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