The Daring Task

Okay, here’s the thing – I am daring yet I have a minor fear of heights and a great fear of falling.

'I'm scared of heights.' 'Relax... That's a depth.'

Last night, after a scary dream about a tornado hitting my home that made me shrink into my blanket, a shriek woke me up. It was the smoke alarm in the bedroom, shrieking at 4:30 in the morning, needing a battery change.

After that, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t sleep much anymore. The shrieking was seared into my brain. When I finally fell asleep again, I began to dream of changing the battery of the smoke alarm but again and again, the shrieking continued. After that dream, I no longer wanted to sleep. Besides, my mom was already up and stomping upstairs. 

After breakfast and all the preparation for school, I still had 30 minutes. The smoke alarm was still shrieking downstairs and I decided to have a tackle at the task of changing the battery. From the other bedroom, I brought the highest chair I could find and positioned it under the alarm. It wasn’t high enough to reach the alarm. Oh no, I thought, I’ll have to get the ladder from the garage.

The ladder was heavy but I managed and staring at the three steps up the ladder, I swallowed and grabbed on like my life was depending on it. One step, two step, three step, my head was inches from hitting the ceiling. With trembling hands, I turned the alarm and it came loose. Now, if I can find the place for the battery. 

A short time later, I found it and with a pounding heart, I jammed the battery into place as fast as I could and screw the alarm back into its place. Then, slowly, I climbed down and stared up at the alarm for a second. The room was once again quiet. Whew, that was daunting. Please don’t make me do it again.

Daily Prompt – Daring

7 thoughts on “The Daring Task

  1. When I was younger, I was exactly the same.
    I used to climb up the ladder and clean all the leaves off the roof around the age of six.
    For me, up isn’t the hard part, it’s when you have to clamber over the ladder to make your way that’s scary.
    I’ve been working on my fear for a very long time, and I one day intend to go skydiving~!
    Now? I’m pretty much over heights…except when the building sways! Or it’s super windy.

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    1. Wow, skydiving, I don’t think I have the guts to attempt that, even if I’m daring. I’m fine with height when I’m not in open air like I’m not afraid to stand in a tall building as long as there’s a ceiling and the floor isn’t see-through but I’m not ok with standing on high places by myself.


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