Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 525) Disconnected
Suddenly, Klara looks up at Stephen with a very worried and odd expression. The frown on her brow is deep as she begins to stand up. Her body stiff with age as she feebly takes hold of the nearest suspension cable. The section of the platform she is on shifts with each move she makes and she now appears to be frenzied with her situation.
“Klara, don’t move so fast, you’re going to fall!” Stephen states urgently as he looks around for anything that will help this situation.
Quickly and without thought, he swings forward, nearly falling from his own secure place. With only one foot on his dependable platform and one hand on a tension cable, he grabs Klara under her arms. In one fluid movement, he pulls her off the crumbling platform and falls backward with his arms around her. The entire section she was on is now tumbling down hitting the other levels as well as tree branches before settling onto the earthen floor at the very bottom.
Cables supporting the weight of Stephen and Klara begin to loosen and just before this platform begins to shift, Zsofia and Stephen manage to get Klara, as well as themselves to safety. The panicked demeanor of the old woman is something neither Stephen nor Zsofia have ever witnessed from her before. Now with their footing safely on the fourth floor, Klara begins walking with very quick and short steps, she wanders in circles along the section of the fourth floor where they stand. Her head is down and her stance determined as she moves left, then right, forward and backward. The movements seem almost dreamlike and disconnected from them somehow.