29. A Bird Attacks
Heather loved the freedom of soaring high above
land and sea. She learned how to hang-glide
Initially, she was scared to death.
first time he took her up, she hung
for dear life. But by the end of
flight, she was hooked. Half a year later,
bought her own hang-glider.
Almost every weekend, she
to Torrey Pines and leaped off the cliff.
could soar to La Jolla in less than
minutes. She liked to fly over the town.
would wave at kids pointing and looking up
her, and they would shout and wave back
One day she was returning to the launch
when she noticed a red hawk rapidly approaching
. It briefly disappeared. Then she heard its claws
the wing’s fabric. It flew off. But the
thing she knew, it was flying straight at
. She turned out of its way, but it
at her again. She was scared.
evade its attacks four times before she was
to land safely. Even after she landed, it
overhead, as if daring her to fly again.
did I do to you, she wondered.
drove home, she found out that she had
lucky. The radio news reported that in Australia,
hang-glider had been attacked by not one, but
Maybe it was something in the air,