“I can do it,” Danny insisted.
Benny looked over at the cliff. “I bet you can’t,” he said to his older brother.
“Do you dare me? Danny asked his 10-year-old sibling.
Benny looked again at the cliff and then looked at his big brother, two years his senior. It looked dangerous, but Benny thought Danny could do just about anything. “I double dog dare you,” he said, tauntingly,
“I’m gonna do it. I’m going to scale that wall and climb out onto that tree,” Danny said with an air of confidence that he didn’t quite feel deep down inside. He handed Benny his iPhone. “Take a picture of me when I get up there.”
“Be careful,” Benny said.
“And if I can’t be careful, be good, right?” Danny quipped. “Stay right here,” he instructed Benny, as he set off on the 30 or so yard hike to the base of the cliff.
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