I looked into the hole and saw the concrete platform twenty feet below us. “How do we get down there?”
“First I jump, then you jump, and I catch you.”
“What?” My heartburn got worse. I doubted there was any antacid in the backpack
“What did I say that you didn't understand?” She frowned.
“I understood what you said. It's the plan I’m wondering about.”
“There's a rope in the backpack, but nothing to tie it to. Besides, could you climb down the rope?”
“Point taken. I feel awkward about jumping and having you catch me.”
“Get over your male vanity. Please do what I ask you.” She rolled her eyes. “Put on your backpack and jump.” She turned and jumped through the hole, landing on her feet so as if she was a trained acrobat. She looked up and motioned for me.
I took a deep breath and jumped into her waiting arms. Nessa caught me and put me on my feet. I followed her when she walked toward the south end of the deserted platform. She walked on the balls of her feet, like a hunter tracking down her prey