The lightning flashes were coming closer together and intensifying every moment.
Could we be struck?
I was thinking about the metal zipper on my sweatshirt, wondering if it could be a conductor, when the image from the Tarot card came back to me and I experienced such an inner shudder that my legs trembled.
The Tower. I had always dismissed palm and Tarot readings as exploitative. A con trick practised by the unscrupulous to take advantage of the vulnerability and need for reassurance that some of us look for when feeling lost. But could there be some truth in it after all?
No! my rational mind repeated over and over again.
But we were on a tower and there was lightning zigzagging around us. And what about the bodies tumbling, falling like blown leaves to the ground? Was that to be our fate?
We edged our way forward until we found ourselves overlooking the inky black ribbon of the river. Twisting away on its endless course, it was indifferent to our plight and to the raging storm.
We crept on.
I had all but given up hope, feeling certain that we had nearly doubled back on ourselves, when abruptly the height of the outer wall dropped.
I looked down and there, set into the wall of the adjoining building, which looked to be a warehouse, was a narrow set of steps twisting downwards.
A stump of rusting metal balustrade suggested that there had once, long ago, been a handrail, but now the outer edge of the stair run was completely exposed.
I couldn’t see how far or where the staircase led, and it would be all too easy to slip as there was nothing at all to stop us from falling off the edge, but it was a chance.
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