CW: The Dynamic Duo – Always Together.

“You nervous?” Tina asked her sister, in between sips of orange juice.

“Just a little,” Brooke responded as she chewed on her slice of toast. All the things that could go wrong

“Aren’t you supposed to be the braver one?”

Brooke chuckled, thinking about all the crazy stunts they pulled as kids. Riding in a laundry basket down a steep set of steps, laying in the middle of the road and only rushing off when the approaching cars got close, wrapping one another from head to toe in toilet paper and then pushing each other into walls or breakable objects. All of them – Brooke’s ideas. Those were the times

The ‘Dynamic Duo’ they called them at home and at school. You’d never see one without the other. Their mom often reminded them of how – even as babies – they used to sleep with their pinky fingers intertwined. The sisters had spent 25 years under the same roof, always being there for one another but now things were going to change.

With a heavy heart, Brooke looked into Tina’s green eyes. “I’ll miss you.”

“And I’ll miss YOU!” Tina grabbed her sister’s hand and squeezed it. “But it’s not like Jeff and I are moving to a different planet. We’ll still see each other ALL the time,” she added with a pearly-white smile and interlaced her pinky with Brooke’s. “The Dynamic Duo – Always Together. Right?”

Brooke glanced at her sister’s engagement ring now rubbing against her finger. “Mhm…” Withdrawing her hand, she reached for her coffee cup. “I know,” she began before taking a sip. “I know I’m being silly. It’s just-”

“No, you’re not. It will be an adjustment for me, too,” Tina said sternly yet softly, her eyes filled with sadness. Surely Brooke must have known that this would happen someday.

“OK, enough of this sappy shit!” Brooke waved her hand and rolled her eyes. “Are you excited for today?” she beamed.

“SO excited! Fiji’s beautiful and I can’t wait to see more of it!” Tina almost jumped in her seat. “I know it must have co-“

“Oh, please, stop it!” Brooke interjected. “It’s my pre-wedding gift to you,” she added. “Well, to me, too,” she added promptly.

They both chuckled, took final bites and sips, and left the cafeteria hand in hand.

After grabbing their backpacks filled with snacks, a change of clothes, and some toiletries from their hotel room, the two sisters embarked on a 15-minute walk to the travel agency. From there, they were bussed to the place from where their plane was to take off.

“This is going to be SO cool,” Tina exclaimed exiting the bus.

“So cool!” Brooke echoed her looking at the plane and all the gear in front of it.

The skydiving instructor walked up to them, introduced himself, and then proceeded to give them an in-depth presentation on what to do and what not to do. “Go get changed now,” he announced once he was done with his speech. “You have 15 minutes. Hopefully, that is enough time for you to put on the skydiving apparel and calm yourself down, but not too long for you to start getting anxious.”

Tina and Brooke nodded and headed for the bus to change.

“I’m just gonna go check out the plane,” Brooke said once she was dressed.

“OK,” Tina replied as she zipped her suit up. Now she was getting nervous.

Brooke walked around the plane and inspected its condition. No dents. She chuckled, not knowing how she would be able to tell if the plane were in good condition. The parachute backpacks looked much bigger and heavier than she had expected. I guess we won’t be walking with those anyway. She tried to amuse herself so as not to let the anxiety surface.

“Ready or not, here I come!” Tina yelled across the lawn.

Brooke ran to meet her halfway and they hugged, giggling.

“Let’s do this,” Brooke said and Tina nodded.

Hand in hand, they walked onto the plane.

Once the aircraft took off, the sisters kept quiet, both trying to center themselves and prepare for the biggest jump of their lives. Literally.

“I’ll go,” Brooke mouthed when they approached the set altitude.

Tina nodded and gave her a thumbs up. She wanted to smile, but her heart was about to rip through her chest wall. You can do this! she tried to calm herself.

As Brooke rolled out of the plane, reflexively, Tina tried to lunge forward and grab her sister. Thankfully, the instructor was there to stop her in time. Tina wondered if maybe jumping out of a plane wasn’t such a good idea, after all. But it was too late for that – Brooke was hurling away from her and toward the ground. Tina gulped. Somehow throughout the years, as if in preparation to live separately, the sisters rubbed off on each other and Tina became braver and Brooke more grounded. Skydiving was Tina’s bucket list item, not Brooke’s, and Tina would never be able to live with herself… What if something goes wrong?

At that moment Brooke’s parachute had opened and Tina breathed out a sigh of relief. A smile appeared on her face. They would have so much to talk about on their way back to the city!

While still slightly nervous, Tina almost lept from the plane. Free as a bird!

Once Brooke got out from underneath the chute, she looked up at her sister in midair. She was worried for her – she then understood how Mom felt as they did dangerous things without a care in the world. Doing and observing have totally different emotions associated with them. Brooke’s heart beat so fast and loud that – for a moment – she was worried that she would have a heart attack. Consciously slowing down her breathing, she kept her eyes peeled on Tina. “C’mon, c’mon!” she murmured, unable to assess if the parachute should have opened by then or if there was still time.

Tina’s body was growing larger and larger as it came closer and closer to the ground.

The scream became louder, too.

Until they stopped.

The noise from Tina hitting the ground caused Brooke to close her eyes and turn away. “Brooke!” she screamed, running towards her sister.

The doctor rushed toward them from the other side.

“BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKE!” Brooke screamed, covering her sister’s mangled body with her own.

After having calmed down a bit, Brooke dialed Jeff’s number.

“Sup, T? How was the jump?” Jeff asked.

Brooke slipped the engagement ring onto her finger. It looked much nicer on her hand.

“B-B-Brooke…” she stuttered through tears.

“What about her? What happened?”

“Dead!” she wailed.

“Oh, my God, Tina! I am so sorry! Do you need me to come to get you?”

“N-no. I’ll make arrangements and be on the first flight out.” She blew her nose and ended the call.

Brooke looked at her twin sister’s body one more time. It was eerie looking at a reflection of oneself. A bloodied, smooshed, broken reflection of oneself. “That’s what you get for trying to leave me,” Brooke whispered. You are Tina now. She kept reminding herself the whole way back to the hotel. She would have the entire flight home to make sure she was ready for the role of a lifetime. While Tina always wanted to go skydiving, Brooke dreamt of a big acting role. Seemed like they both got what they wanted. She chuckled.


“Write a story inspired by the word ‘dynamic.'”
– prompt used for this CW piece.
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  1. Poor Tina. This is why you don’t jump out of planes. I always thought a sister would be nice….
    You could carry on with this. I really liked it. Follow the evil Brooke as she carries on wrecking lives 💖

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  2. I was just thinking about you today. Wondering if you were okay. Said a prayer for you since that is what I do when people cross my mind like that. I’m happy to see your post. It’s well written as usual but having read many of your stories I was kind of expecting the ending.

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    1. It’s interesting that more than one person mentioned that this could be continued. I don’t really do serialized stories, but it’s something that’s been coming nearer and nearer toward me the past couple of years. I’m beginning to feel the need to develop a group of characters more. To learn about them, their lives, and their adventures. I feel like it’s a new phase for me as a writer. Will it actually happen? Where will it lead? Who knows.

      Stay golden!

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  3. Sombre stuff Sam. I wrote something about twins where one passed away after a car crash. I so get the link between sisters here and the anxiety when danger looms out of ones control. Quirky the one wanting the bucket list ended up not able to regret it maybe apart from the falling part after realising the chute wasn’t going to open. I guess the instructor is now in deep trouble too. Stuff like that is supposed to be checked to an inch of its life.

    One typo you might like to change is

    “I know it must have cost-“

    Not huge just the speech mark haha.

    A good read despite the outcome.

    Obviously the reader is left to fill in the post trauma impact on Brooke. Fitting I think as it lobs in loads of questions about what happened thereafter.

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    1. A sibling bond is definitely something special (unless it’s not…) and I love exploring that.

      Skydiving sounds like fun, and – as you said – it should be thoroughly checked, etc., but still – those accidents actually do happen (more than I would like to think!). It makes me wonder why.

      In regards to the “I know it must have cost-” line: I was trying to indicate that Brooke interrupted with the next line. Does the dash not work in that way here? Would you rather I showed that interruption differently?

      Indeed. I’d be curious to find out myself.

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      1. Agreed. Even with the best efforts sometimes things get missed. For me the interrupt didn’t quite work. If it had then I’d not have queried it. I tend to use …


        “Ade, you’re always saying…” started Rowena.

        “…Don’t say it again,” he interrupted.

        Whether you use the end words is personal choice…done here (very simplified lol) to try and show how I see it in a more obvious way. The interruption (my view) has to be obvious to a reader. An apparent typo distracts from the aim and can lose the reading thread.

        I’m no master on grammar mind 🤣🤣

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          1. You’re welcome Sam. I think as writers feedback is often part of the BB journey. Different perspectives can help sometimes. That said I’ve already mentioned I’m no expert 😳

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  4. Ouch. And here I was, about to compliment you on your portrayal of the sisterly dynamic! Well… I guess Tina was the more grounded one after all.

    2 things: 1, “Brooke” becomes “Brook” when talking about their sappy conversation. And 2, I like how you made use of details to show us the time of day in the beginning.

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    1. Oh, so now you’re not going to compliment me on the portrayal of the sisterly dynamic? Pfff.

      You made me laugh out loud with the grounded Tina comment. So dark. Loved it.

      Your eye is sharp as always. Thank you.

      Thanks! I was actually proud of doing a breakfast scene without saying so.

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  5. So glad you made it to BB this month! The way your story unfolded made it adventurous for me, with the unique dynamic between twins spurring interest from the beginning. I’ve read your works long enough to suspect Brooke was up to something when they talked about how their lives were about to change, but was a bit slow at realizing what they were heading off for that day. At first I thought it was for Tina’s wedding, and then that they were taking a last trip together to Fiji. When the skydiving instructor showed up, for a split second I wondered if they were parachuting into Fiji. Finally caught up to what was going on – but at least I was correct in suspecting Brooke! 🙂 I’ll confess that in my warped thinking, when Brooke yelled ‘Brooooooke’, I considered she could be lengthening the word ‘Broke’ because that’s what she did to her sister. Both fun and twisted again!

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  6. Not sure if you recommended a TV Series to me or if I recommend it ha!! Echoes This made me think of it…. I suppose its the case of the evil twin.
    Gripping stuff… and that falling scene…. (ok I have an over active imagination) but could picture someone freefalling with screams… until the are none!!!! *goosebumps*


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    1. Yes, Echoes was awesome! I thought I recommended it to you, but then I thought about it and wasn’t sure anymore. LOL

      And yes, absolutely! I could have added that in, but I wanted to zoom in on Brooke at that time. Adding the screams and more second by second action could make the scene even more intense. Thanks for the idea!


  7. Expertly crafted Sam.
    The uneasy feeling about Brooke planted at the beginning, gradually grows like a storm on the horizon. She was always the leader in crazy stunts, the misgivings voiced by poor Tina about their ‘breakup’. By the time we get to the sky dive we know something is going to happen, and yet there was still a clever twist at the end.
    Well done.
    (I’m tied into a follow up too. Mine involves one of two (A) Psycho-drama. Their mother who would be tuned into their personal differences, notices a ‘change’ in Tina, which grows. (B) Tina’s ghost comes on the scene- choose your path either supernatural/ horror- haunting or darkly comic as Tina persistently interferes while trying to reach out to Jeff.)

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    1. Thanks you! I’m glad you enjoyed how the story played out.

      Option A is much more my style. B is not something I have a lot of experience with, but I’m sure it would be fun to experiment. I especially liked the idea of dark comedy.

      As I just mentioned in a comment on your page – humor is close to my heart and I’m actively seeking it nowadays. Maybe this all points to something I should give a try?! Even if not with Brooke/Tina.

      Much appreciated food for thought!

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      1. I reckon there is book or at least a novella there Sam. For we all know, sometimes the Dead do not rest.:
        Cue: ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’ (choose your version).

        I’ve usually drifted into some sort of humour, if only as one sentence, maybe because it often turns up in the most unlikely situations:
        Like in one british soldier’s account in 1944. His troop of three self propelled artillery had lost their way at night only to blunder onto a cross-roads controlled by German Military Policemen, who solemnly waved them through onto a road up which German Infantry were marching. The only harm suffered being inconvenience by the infantry having to step out of the way of the large vehicles and on the British side the strong soldier language from the infantry voicing their feelings on the inconvenience. (Despite what wargamers feel most soldiers do not have encyclopaedic knowledge of the identities of vehicles ).

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  8. Jesus, Sam, this had a dark twist ending!

    I did not see that coming. When I was halfway through, I was thinking about how nice skydiving—something I’ve always wanted to do, by the way (not so sure now…)—symbolised the next stage of their lives. So take a leap, even though it’s scary. You’ll be glad you did.

    And then splat! Makes me wonder if she sabotaged her sister’s parachute before or simply took advantage of the situation? Well done making me laugh out loud—I know I have a dark sense of humour.

    A great twist on something that started out as quite wholesome.

    I wonder if Jeff will be able to tell the difference…

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