Creaking floorboards alerted Mari that cousins were fast approaching. She was their easy target in the game of catch, but today she determined to outwit the whole lot. She paused at the windowsill. The blue sky beyond the shutters revealed a path. It was a far drop, but she felt confident. She had watched them take the jump many times. She sat on the ledge and lunged forward. Her body slammed back against the wall and knocked out her wind. Her flailing body suspended in midair. Pain shot up her left arm. Her ring had caught on a hanging nail!