In "The Leap," what does Anna decide to do when the circus tent pole is struck by lightning?
In the final act of each performance, Anna would kiss her husband, Harry Avalon, in mid-air as they 'swooped past one another.' One afternoon, while they are about to perform the flying kiss, a freak lightning strike hits the main pole of the tent, and its electrical energy sizzles down the guy wires. The tent buckles and Harry never manages to grab on to his wife's hands in mid-air. Instead, he falls to his death.
Meanwhile, when Anna finds that her hands do not meet her husband's, she tears off her blindfold and proceeds to twist her body towards a heavy wire, which she grabs on to. The wire is still hot from the effects of the lightning strike. The narrator tells us that Anna's hands were burned so badly that her hands healed with no lines on them. Anna is subsequently taken to the hospital where her baby is still-born a month and a half later.