I’m sitting on the ledge of a 20 story building, while people below watch me, and a man in a suit tries to talk to me.

“My name is Theo. I’m here to chat with you, OK?”

“Sure,” I say.

“What’s your name?”

“Sam.”

“Well, it’s nice to meet you Sam. I won’t tell you anything that’s untrue, and I won’t advance on you, OK?” Theo asks.

“Cool.”

“Do you have any friends or family we can call to come help you out?”

“I don’t think I’ll need their help with this.” I say

“OK. Well, why don’t you tell me how you ended up here.”

“I took the stairs. It’s good exercise.”

“Sure, but why are you here?” Theo asks.

“I’m here to jump, obviously,” I say while screwing up my eyebrows at him.

“Well now Sam, I understand that, but why would you want to do that?”

“Oh, I get it. You’re one of these fucking guys that believes if you jump off a building you’ll die,” I say.

“It’s just science,” he says.

“No it’s not. It’s a conspiracy. I’ve seen a ton of people who have jumped off buildings and survived.”

“No … no you haven’t.”

“Look man, I know you’re indoctrinated into the whole people fall off buildings and die crowd, but I know the truth, and I’m going to show you and everyone down there,” I say.

“That’s just not true. I’ve seen people fall off buildings and die. The science is fairly clear on this. We’ve observed that everyone who falls of a 20 story building onto pavement dies. You will die.”

“No. I know the truth. There is a growing community of us out there. People die for all sorts of reasons. If you’re healthy, you workout, you take your vitamins, and you’re not old, you’ll survive it. If I need a bit of medical attention, I’ll pay for it, but I won’t. I’ll be fine. I’m healthy,” I say.

“Three people died this year in the city from jumping off buildings smaller than this one. You will die!”

“Nah, I’ll be fine,” I say.

He grabs his phone and starts looking, “Edgar Williams, died after jumping off a 10 floor apartment building.”

“You can say whatever you want, but I already know the truth.”

“Look, if I’m right and you jump, you die. If you’re right and you jump, nothing is gained. You fall off a building and nobody ever knows the truth anyway, according to you, right?”

“Not nobody. You see and everyone below sees the truth, and you spread the word. Maybe you try it and show others, eventually everyone will know. Everyone will see the truth, the power of humanity,” I say.

I stand up on the ledge, facing Theo, and let myself fall backwards.

Theo yells out “Noooooooooooooo!” as he runs towards me.

“Tell everyone I’ll see them soon,” I yell out as I’m falling.

It’s all good though. They’ll all see soon how strong and resilient people are. They’ll see that my Facebook group was right.

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