Regret flooded Jack’s body before he was completely off the board. The stark terror and insistent screaming from inside his head…”go back down the ladder!”…should have been heeded. But the merciless taunting…Ronnie, Bobby, TJ…from below had tweaked the macho fool who only came out to play with the guys.
Gravity was no friend to Jack as he towards the shimmering water and he started to make a list of all of the things that he would never get to do after they fished his lifeless body out of the pool.
For a split instant he saw himself knifing through the water with grace so heartbreaking that it would bring tears to the eyes of his friends. But then, concentration lost, his body lost all sense of dignity and hit the water at a most ungainly angle. “Ooo,” he thought as he sank beneath the water, “that’s gonna leave a mark.”