He stayed hunkered down until the ground stopped shaking. When he finally raised his head, it was a changed world. The road he’d been travelling was gone. The ground had fallen away to the left, right, and behind. Only a sliver of path remained, winding up through the swirling dust, a two by four sized ridge top with an abyss on either side. Somehow he pushed aside paralyzing fear, stood, and stepped carefully, calmly forward, summoning a balance he didn’t know he had.

He stayed hunkered down until the ground stopped shaking. When he finally raised his head, it was a changed world. The road he’d been travelling was gone. The ground had fallen away to the left, right, and behind. Only a sliver of path remained, winding up through the swirling dust, a two by four sized ridge top with an abyss on either side. Somehow he pushed aside paralyzing fear, stood, and stepped carefully, calmly forward, summoning a balance he didn’t know he had.