Honeymoon Hideout

#BlogBattle 45: Dive

Peering the direction Theiandar pointed worked to stir up the butterflies in Caityn’s stomach. She knew how to swim and had jumped from heights before, just none that high.

“I like to dive off that one. The first time my father brought me to Negeen I was too afraid to do it, but I finally worked up the courage. It’s exhilarating, Cait. You should try it.”

“Dive? Off that one?”

Theiandar’s laughter brought her attention back to handsome his face. Caityn didn’t bother suppressing her annoyance. Really, it was just a cover-up for her fear, but he didn’t need to know that.

“You don’t have to if you’re afraid.”

“I’m not afraid,” she said without a second thought while looking back at the cliff overhanging the deep pool of shimmering water. “But . . . what if someone sees me?”

He laughed again and wrapped her damp hair around his fist. “This place is completely secluded, and it’s just me and you. No one will see.”

She pursed her lips and did her best to ignore the teasing glint in his eye while absently unraveling her hair from his hand. Caityn rarely ever backed down from a challenge, but to dive off that cliff . . . the idea was just too frightening.

“What if we jump together?”

“Can we do that?” she asked, her voice sounding timid even to her own ears.

“Of course,” Theiandar said and pulled her to her feet.

They climbed up the incline leading to the cliff. The spot he’d pointed out was situated to the right of the falls and not quite as high. Caityn could hear the rush of water over the edge as the mist wafted upon the breeze. Even in the warmth of the day, a shiver passed over her.

Still holding hands, they stood at the edge of the precipice and looked down. Caityn’s breath caught in her throat. The water was so clear she could see the bottom except for the space near the base of the falls where the water was churning violently from its rapid descent into the natural pool.

She stood up and squared her shoulders, but the fear lingered, tightening in her gut and sending her heart into palpitations.

She glanced over to see her husband studying her profile. “What?”

“You don’t have to dive from here, Cait.”

“I know,” she said, breathless. “But I lied before . . . about being afraid.”

“I know, love.”

She rolled her eyes at the hidden amusement in his tone. “I’m going to jump, though, not dive.”

“On the count of three then?”

Caityn swallowed the lump in her throat and nodded as she looked over the edge again.

“One . . . two . . .” Theiandar counted loud and slow, his hand still grasped in Caityn’s, “THREE!”

In two large steps they were off the edge, their hands no longer connected, and nothing but nothing under their feet. Caityn went from scared to panicking in the span of three seconds as she screamed in free-fall. The blue-green pool below moved at her with such rapidity she had no time to do anything else. But she had just enough sense to pause from her screaming and take a huge breath before plunging under the water.

The cool crystalline waters enveloped her like a tight corset as she passed through the surface, but once under the water, the rush of her movement in its depths felt like a thousand fingers caressing her skin. With a few hard kicks she broke the surface, her head tipped back and long hair trailing behind.

Theiandar was close by and swam toward her. Without a second thought she said, “Let’s do it again.”

This time when her husband laughed, she laughed with him.

genre: drama

39 responses to “Honeymoon Hideout”

  1. Great idea! Loved this. I have missed those two characters.

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  2. I was wondering what Caityn and her hubby were up to since The Beauty Thief. Now I know, they’re skipping their royal dutties. 😉 I like fun in-between-books stories!

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    1. Me, too. 🙂 I like thinking about what they did during that time. It was pretty good. A very good first year of marriage for these two. 😀

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      1. And then… DUN-DUN DUNNN! Trouble brews in the Twelve Realms! I’m glad they had a peaceful first year at least. 😉

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        1. Yeah…I guess I had such a good one I had to give them one, too. Although, we’ve had sixteen pretty good ones. haha

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          1. Aww, that’s so special, I’m glad you’ve had 16 good ones! ❤
            I'm a sucker for happy endings, so I'm glad Caityn and hubby are a happy pair. ^_^

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  3. I felt like I was jumping off that cliff with them! Nice little tale between novels, and nice to see Caityn and Theiander happy together. 🙂

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    1. 🙂 I love cliff diving, although because I personally know someone who broke his neck diving head first, I will never do that! He is alive but forever crippled and struggles with bitterness. 😦
      On a lighter note! I was excited to show then doing something “normal” together. Haha

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      1. I couldn’t dive off a cliff if someone paid me! I do not like heights. I feel your friend. 😦
        It was a bit like a sneak peek into the “happily ever after”. 🙂

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        1. I am okay worth heights unless in a vehicle. Weird, I know. He is really lucky not to be a quadriplegic, but being a start athlete in hugh school one day and a struggle cripple the next cannot be easy on a young man’s ego our spirit. Of course Joni Erickson Tada did the same thing and is a quadriplegic,but she came through it and now works to inspire others woke also running a ninprofit that provides wheelchairs to the needy around the world.

          Yeah, I do so love a happily ever after. ;P

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          1. I feel for your friend too. I hope he can overcome the challenges before him, one day, and be inspired.

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          2. People all deal with things differently. We never know how until we’re tested.

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            1. That is true. But how we deal and react is a sign of our character. I’m all about giving grace and compassion, though. It’s important to give others the benefit of the doubt, too.

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            2. Maybe tested wasn’t the right word. I suppose I meant having something trying thrown at us.
              Time can be a great healer, and some people accept things faster than others. We are all different. We shouldn’t be judged by how someone else has treated with and dealt with a situation. That’s one thing that really irritates me actually.

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  4. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
    Woebegone but Hopeful

    Wow!…I’ve never ‘jumped’ off a cliff before…..you put me right there with them.

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    1. Thanks, Roger. It’s an intimidating, heart racing feeling. You should try it some time. 🙂

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      1. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
        Woebegone but Hopeful

        …Errr……I think I’ll stick to reading about it thanks. Your description and narrative was good enough for me, really was there…glad there were laughs at the end of it.

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        1. Haha okay. If you’re sure… 😉 And thank you. I’m pleased it was descriptive and believable. 😀

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  5. Nice–a happy ending. I wasn’t sure we were going to get one. Good choice to depict a story between novels. Once I get some up there, maybe I’ll give that a shot, too. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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    1. I like happy endings. I really do. 🙂 It was fun to imagine what happened in the time between. 🙂 Always a pleasure to inspire. Thanks!

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  6. Fantastic details like you’ve jumped before yourself. (Maybe you have). My heart stopped and my belly constricted till she said let’d do it again. Whew. What a r.u.s.h. Awesome. 😀

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    1. Nothing to terribly high, but yes, I’ve done some cliff jumping. 🙂 Thanks, Tess. ♡


      1. The details sounded so natural. I thought you might have some experience. 😀 Great story.

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  7. Very nice! Excellent description of the fall into the water, from what little diving I’ve done, that’s exactly what it’s like lol

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    1. I’ve done it often enough! I like the little adrenaline rush from cliff jumping. 🙂 haha Thanks, Grace. 🙂

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  8. I love this… Great one!

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    1. Thanks, Simon. It’s a glimpse into the months between when The Beauty Thief enfs and Captive Hope begins. I’m really happy you like it. 🙂

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      1. I am, it gives the game away for the beauty thief a bit, but no shocker lol

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        1. haha, yes it does. Too true! Unless someone doesn’t remember reading this when they finally get around to reading The Beauty Thief!

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          1. Exactly… my memory is crap, getting worse too lol

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            1. haha! I didn’t mean you! haha

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