Approaching the edge of the rooftop, I experience an urge to jump off.
It is a common sensation, especially when scavenging the upper floors of the abandoned hotels. It is referred to as high place phenomenon, typified by the healthy desire to jump whenever close to an edge. This urge is a result of contradictory signals generated by the brain – the backing away from an edge, which in turn reinforces the conclusion that you were possibly going to jump.
High up on the rooftops the feeling is commonplace. It is one of the many urges we must learn to keep in check.
As I approach the edge of the rooftop I find another stranger watching out over the city. Without any further consideration I follow my urge, walk up behind him, and push him off the edge of the building.
A story based on the photo prompt from Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Photo (c) Grant-Sud