“One day, without noise or commotion, the hole appeared. Her older brother found it out in the dry plains surrounding the farm. He ran back to the house yelling at the top of his lungs that he found a hole that went straight to the other side of the Earth, but father didn't give much attention to it. Dinner was made and chores were done, but her brother wouldn't stop ranting about the hole. She went to bed but sleep never took her. Even her own dreams couldn't match the wonder of this mysterious hole.
The next day, she journeyed out to the hole with her brother and her father. As they approached, they all cautiously took up positions around its circumference. For a long while, they all just stared in silence and the black void beneath them. As if breaking a spell, her father suddenly backed away and grabbed a nearby stone. With a nod of approval and flick of his wrist, he tossed it into the crater. Leaning in unison, all three strained their ears for the clatter of the stone hitting the bottom but never had the satisfaction. The stone seemed to still be falling when her father ushered them towards home.
All night she again stayed awake as if the hole had a gravity of its own, drawing her thoughts and her soul towards it. When the morning sun cast enough light on the dusty prairie for her to remember the path back to the hole, she slipped out of her room and took off running. The relief she felt upon finding it was greater than anything she had felt before. She anxiously paced around it, her pounding heart a drum beating a rhythm of encouragement. She placed her toes on the very edge and took a deep breath, only to see her brother ten feet away, staring with terror. "Don't be afraid," she smiled, "they said I'll be fine."
With that, she jumped. For a brief moment she did not fall; instead she hovered just above the opening, her formseeming to oscillate and flicker ever faster before finally being inhaled by the blackness of the pit. Her brother screamed and dove forwards, his outstretched hands only grasping the cracked soil where a moment before the hole had been.” -M.D. Walter