Passage of time (Part 1, page 2 of 10)


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Part 1

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The day was warm. Actually, it was hot! The boy wiped his forehead again leaving a trail of dirt soaked sweat across his brow. He was alone and he liked it. He enjoyed this time, practicing his art. Trail-Blazing, he called it. Melting into the scene, and not being seen. Walking a path that couldn't be followed.....and he was good at it! He could hear the water-fall just ahead of him. The river ran deep below the falls. The swift currents almost looked like a still pond as they flowed toward the bend and out of sight. The boy smiled at the thought of a cold swim in the blistering heat. As he approached the roaring falls, he was careful to observe the area before stepping out on the bank. Instinct told him to be still....and if the the water wasn't so loud, he would have heard it too. But the anticipation of cold relief the water would bring, made the boy neglect what nature was saying. "Ugggh!!" he screamed and fell hard to his side grabbing his ankle. The Eastern Diamondback coiled again for another strike. Gasping, at the fire of pain, now starting to climb its way up his calf, the boy lay still as he glared at the snake, watching him. He squeezed his eyes shut and willed the snake to leave. The Diamondbacks tongue flicked in and out rapidly as it eyed the prone boy's body. After a few terse moments, it slithered off the bank and retreated into the river and below the surface. The pain was almost unbearable as the boy struggled to gain his footing. As he stood, a strong dizzying nauseousness overwhelmed his stomach and he vomited. Maturity kept him from crying, although he wanted to. However, he knew time was critical and knowing he couldn't walk without help, he looked for something to use as a crutch. A short branch lay a few feet away and he hopped to it. The molten lava had traveled up to his thigh, and as he reached for the branch, he vomited again....and the world went black.

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