Thuds and Groans
The suppressed laughter died. The impulse of fear subsided. What replaced both was relief, however only temporary. The city air left our nostrils as gravity dragged down to the earth both Prudence and me. There was a thud and a groan, followed by another groan and another thud. The crunching of twigs and dried leaves succeeded as Mother Nature pulled us to a dirty descent with no final destination. Prudence uttered a few garbled words before the dark got penetrated by a flash of white light. Then came a final thud and a final groan. Prudence and I stood again.
Prudence also appears in the novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me.