Today's piece of A-Z Challenge microfiction takes us to the Eiger, a peak in the Bernese Alps, close to the town of Grindelwald (yes, I know, I'm a Harry Potter fan too and I geeked out when I realised Grindelwald is a place). The North Wall of the Eiger is one of the toughest climbing peaks in the Alps.
Today we're going back in time as well as back to Germany. This is not strictly microfiction, as it is based on real events. But as I have no idea how these men came to their decision, I decided to imagine it - and maybe someday I'll find out the real story.
The four men hung from their ropes, as the biting wind spun around them and the sheer drop below their feet seemed to sing.
'We couldn't have made it this far without you both,' said Harrer.
'We couldn't have done it without your ropes,' said Heckmair. 'The Hinterstoisser Traverse is treacherous. We would have been lost there.' His climbing companion, Vorg, nodded.
'Might as well admit it,' said Kasparek. 'We haven't been two teams for a while - we're one team of four. Let's go for the summit together. I wouldn't feel right reaching the top without all of you.'
Beneath their hoods and scarves, all four men started to smile.
To read earlier entires in my alphabetical world tour, just click the 'A-Z Blogging Challenge 2012' tag beneath this post.