I want to thank everyone who has or is reading ‘Bridges’. It thrills me to know you are enjoying the book and the stories within.
More than one reader has come back asking about the ‘Ice Demon’ the boys ‘encountered’ on their journey down into the Gorge. What was it? Was it real? Was it their imagination? What did it mean?
Who among us hasn’t had experiences they can’t explain? Seen something – sensed something – heard something – that wasn’t there?
Who hasn’t had the hair stand up on the back of their necks and a chill run down their spine when a sudden wind blew across their face?
Or felt goose bumps run up and down their arms? Or heard the shuffling of feet outside their door at night – when no one was there?
Or the tolling of a bell where there is no church?
How many times have we seen a shadow flicker across the corner of our eyes and upon jerking our heads around – we see nothing?
There are things that happen in life we can’t explain – and we accept them because if we don’t - we go mad.
The boys seen something – that much I know. There was something in the ice.
Was it only the sunlight reflecting through the giant ice pillar? Maybe
Was it only the cold that fused their hands to the ice and kept pieces of their flesh? Maybe
Was it their imagination, their adrenalin or their heightened sense of awareness that made them feel and sense things they otherwise wouldn’t have? Maybe – these are plausible explanations, and like the things mentioned earlier, we find plausible explanations – to keep from going mad.
Or was there a living force dwelling inside the ice? If so – was it a ‘demon’ or an angel?
I don’t know – I only recorded their story.
Like me – you now have their story too – what do you think it was?
I know this: Before they touched the ice, Kevin and Chuck were adversaries with a gulf of turbulent water between them and after they touched the ice, a ’bridge’ crossed that turbulent river changing their relationship from that time on. Why? What happened? I don’t know – maybe you do.
25 years later – Kevin still didn’t know what they touched in the ice that day.