What had she got herself into? She woke up with a feeling of great anticipation, but now as the time drew closer her courage was starting to be pushed aside by butterflies. They were fluttering about inside of her, causing her to almost spill her cup of coffee, which she had just poured.
The clock said 8 am, when Gracie raised her head and looked at it on the wall. She checked her watch, unfortunately the broken clock was right this time. It was 8 am and she would hear the door bell ring any second.
Gracie took a deep breath, out the window she saw Josie’s car pull up. She was here, there was no backing out now. Though she was starting to feel a little sick.
Gracie opened the door with a shaky smile.
“Hi Gracie, are you ready? Isn’t it a gorgeous morning! I can’t wait to get going!”
Josie has always been a morning person. Gracie remembered when they were teenagers, and she wanted to sleep in on a Saturday morning, but the phone usually rang bright and early with Josie on the other end. She would be chattering away at how Gracie couldn’t sleep her day away, there were adventures to have. Life with Josie never was boring!
“I am as ready as I am going to be. How sure again are you that this is safe?” Gracie asked.
Josie laughed, as she put her arm around Gracie, “No worries! It will be fine. Have I ever steered you wrong?”
Gracie raised her eyebrows, as she said, ” Well there was one time in our Junior year when…”
Josie interrupted, “Oh yeah, that time, but hey… in the end all turned out okay.”
They laughed together as they remembered the look on Mike’s face, as his runaway car was headed for the creek.
They chatted some on their way, calming Gracie’s nerves.
“Here we are!” Josie said, as she parked on the gravel side of the road, “Grab your backpack and lets go.”
The trail that they were hiking was a nice flat trail, with lovely trees lining the path. Gracie enjoyed the trail, she just was worried about where the trail was taking them.
After a too short 15 minute walk, they had reached their destination, and Gracie looked up as her stomach hopped into her throat. “It it is quite high!” she stammered to Josie.
“Look how beautiful it is! I am telling you the view from the top will be worth it, I promise!”
She grabbed Gracie’s hand, “You can do this. I will be right by your side the whole way up the mountain.”
Gracie felt a surge of adrenaline go through her. Yes, she could do this, she had never attempted rock climbing before, but there was a first time for everything. What could go wrong, Josie promised they would be home by suppertime, and she said she was treating. Gracie could already taste the sweet chocolate lava cake with caramel icing in her mouth. She squeezed Josie’s hand and said, “Lets go!”