Shrouded in Mysteries

Beyond Golden Gate Bridge

Beyond Golden Gate Bridge

by Ireneo D. Gangcuangco (Creative Arts Book Company, 2000)

Cover design: Unknown

 

"Steel bridges are all the same. They span rivers and bays so people can get across, even if some people do not want to get across at all.
   So, it is not odd that certain people do not want to see the other side of the bridge. They do not even stay to see the grace of the bridge suspended on gossamer threads of steel cables soaring from one tower to another, where the clouds play hide and seek. Fog wanders in from the sea to envelop the Golden Gate Bridge, a shroud too worthy of those who have lost the wonder and grace of childhood. Only mature people jump from the bridge, and for very mature irrationality. Irrational in that they do not stop, look, listen before jumping. ...
   During his time as a homicide inspector, [Vidal] had numbered 226 suicides, and there were more before his time, the total numbering 910, with personalities and memories unique to each. ...
   There would be more suicides who would leap from the bridge, because they despaired of ever finding happiness beyond the Golden Gate Bridge."