Nanga Parbat (Killer Mountain), an overwhelming wall of icy rock coveted by climbers all around the world, including Lynn’s brother, Brad and when she got news that he’d been caught in an avalanche, she’d raced from her boardroom meeting and booked the first flight to Islamabad.
The location and weather too treacherous, no rescue teams were willing to risk their lives and just as she had tearfully given up, she was approached by Ali, a strong, broad-shouldered man with firm eyes who assuaged her fears and told her simply that he’d find Brad and bring him back.
Seventeen hours later, the anxious base camp at Fairy Meadows erupted in cheers, tears steaming freely down Lynn s face, who had been remembering how she’d hugged Brad goodbye at the airport, playfully warning him to watch out for Ra’s al Ghul.
Brad would have died of pulmonary edema if Ali hadn’t reached him in time and when Lynn presented him with a check of gratitude, he politely refused.
Later she learned that he was ex-military and had lost many good soldiers in his unit while defending his country’s borders with Afghanistan, including his own brother but his time in the army had ingrained in him the value of human life even more so and he now spent his retirement helping people in a nearby mountain village.
One can, but shouldn’t put a price on human life and each living being, no matter where in this diverse world he may originate from, is precious and worth saving, Ali’s poignant words staying with Lynn for years to come.
Fairy Meadows (Credit: Refreshing Heights) (Credit: fairymeadowscottage.com )
Written for Six Sentence Stories
Nanda Parbat (from the TV series Arrow) is a fictional city in the DC Comics universe, patterned after the real Nanga Parbat, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is the 9th tallest mountain in the world, and the 2nd tallest mountain in Pakistan, after K2. Fairy Meadows is one of the base camps over looking this mountain and is a popular tourist destination.