“Cliff diving, in Acapulco?” Hiro gives her a look as if she’s lost her mind, it’s not an uncommon look, but she still gets frustrated when she gets it.
“It’s not like I am asking you to walk across hot coals, plus we’re with a group!” Oh yes, the local who looked like a bum but was highly recommended by one of the hotels in town. That really doesn't make him feel better about the situation, especially not after the waivers they have to fill out.
“Hey, I ate the intestines when we were in China,” she reminds him, leaning over to take a peek off the side of the cliff at the crashing waters below them. Grabbing her, he tugs the blond back to stand beside him, on solid ground.
“Yes, but pig intestine will not kill you! This could kill you!” He was pained to even have to explain this to her. “I do not understand why you are surprised at my response.”
Turning to him, she puts her hand on her hip and gives him a very serious look. “I’m not going to die, I’m going to live to be a thousand years old,” for some reason the number keeps going up when she speaks to him. “And you are too, which is why it’s perfectly safe to jump. Nothing can go wrong.”
“That’s not even logical; do you know how crazy you sound sometimes?” But she is grinning, and despite the death jump in front of him, he manages a slight smile as well.
The trainer explains how to correctly jump, and that there would be a boat that would collect you after you surfaced. After joking that he had never lost a person . . . yet, he asks the group to form a queue. When there was only one other person in front of her, Salome begins to get a little nervous.
Turning to Hiro, she sighs and takes him by his shoulders. For a long time she doesn't say anything, just looks deep into his eyes as if she is searching for something. Grinning she leans up and kisses him quickly, “I’ll see you at the bottom, okay?”
Before he can say a word, or pull her back, she steps away and disappears off the edge of the cliff. The instructor motions for Hiro to come forward, as he moves he seriously wonders what possessed him to go along with this idea. There was no turning back now, and at the signal, he jumps.