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Ancient DarknessI stared down the hole, studying the sides, checking for holes, cracks, even shrubs. Anything that could be used as a foothold in case the rope broke. The hole descended for about 50 metres, with the last 20 plummeting into darkness. There was a sudden temptation to jump. I didnt of course. I stepped back instead, turning to my truck. I watched as another truck rolled up, kicking up dirt and dust. James, Peter and Dawn exited one by one, struggling to pull out their bags. I banged the hood of my truck and Mel hopped out. We hugged and exchanged greetings, before preparing ourselves.
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Shit I forgot my pens.
I fixed my helmet and tightened my belt. I pulled the rope from the winch on the front of my truck, clipped it to myself and stood at the edge of the hole and turned on my head lamp. James motioned to m