Title: Falling

Author: Aeon Cole

Rating: FRT

Warning: Slash

Fandom: Proof of Life

Pairing: Terry/Dino

Challenge: 50ficlets / table

Prompt: #1 Abyss

Word Count: 322

Summary: He was standing at the abyss, both figuratively and literally.

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Dino stood at the edge of the cliff side with his arms spread wide and his eyes closed. The waterfall thundered below him, its misty clouds rising from the ground and covering him in a fine sheen of river water. He was standing at the abyss, both figuratively and literally. His mind raced. All he had to do was lean forward just a bit and it was all over. He wondered if anyone would miss him. An image of his lover flashed behind his closed lids and his world brightened just a touch as he felt the hairs at the back of his neck stand up. He smirked.

Terry stood frozen in place staring at his lover. He was afraid to come any closer for fear of startling the redhead and causing him to fall. His heart was pounding in his chest. He wouldn't really do it, would he? Carefully he made a small sound but got no outward reaction from the other man. He decided to chance it.

"What are ya doin', mate?" he asked carefully.

Dino laughed. It was a harsh sound that echoed out through the canyon. "Would ya miss me?" he yelled back over the sound of the waterfall without changing his position.

Terry took a tentative step closer. He held out a hand. "Come back from there. Before you hurt yourself," he said as calmly as he was able.

Dino didn't move. "You didn't answer my question," he replied matter-of-factly.

Terry stood with his hand out. "Yeah. Yeah, I'd miss ya. Who else could I get to traipse around the rainforest with me?"

The redhead chuckled and slowly reached back a hand. Quickly Terry grabbed it and pulled him away from the cliff's edge and into his arms. They both held on tight.

"Don't scare me like that, love," Terry said quietly. Dino just nodded into his shoulder. "Not all jobs are going to go our way."