SoCS: expired

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “inspire/aspire/expire.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all if you want. If you use two, you get bonus points! If you use all three, Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab.

How do you go with stream-of-consciousness and think about using 3 different words?

My first thought was ‘expire’ because I have a favourite story I’ve told many, many times but the punch line is told with a Tennessee accent. Although I don’t aspire to be a great writer, I am inspired by books such as The Colour Purple to write in the accent. (ta-daa!)

I used to be a caver and did a lot of caving in TAG country. That’s Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia but mostly in Tennessee with our host, Mike Moser. He was indeed a ‘character’ as my mom would say; a unique and interesting individual with a heavy, southern accent.

He was relating a story in which someone on their trip died. He had fallen and suffered a concussion but didn’t realize it and tried to keep going. Unfortunately it caused him to have an aneurism. He was in small tunnel in which only one person at a time could crawl through on their belly and he died there. Not only that but the tunnel his body was in was the way back out. They were blocked in; hoping beyond hope he would ‘come to’.

Its a very tragic and scary story so it was hard to keep a concerned face when Mike said in a very solemn voice; “We was kickin’ ‘im but he’d expiiiiired.”

epilog; they managed to get a rope under his arms and pull him through so they could get out. Afterwards they were a part of a huge rescue to get his body out which involved rope work as they had descended in on rope. Cavers came from all over TAG and beyond to help in the rescue.

I hope no one has found this offensive.