Photographs in Words 23 – Tower

R. was the security guard, first aider, lifeguard, water sports trainer, in short everything for the seaside swimming pool.

He was short, with broad shoulders. When it came to his turn in the daily diving display from the nine-meter high tower, he would slowly climb the ladder up to the top board. Then, after two front and two back somersault flips, he would do just one forward dive, straight. The regulars at the pool would watch this final dive in amazement, in awe of the diver as he plunged into water without the slightest splash.

He was everyone’s favourite. Everyone liked him. He liked everyone. When talking, he always had a smile on his face.

One evening, R. went home and dived into the street below from the balcony of his fifth-floor flat.

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