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Written in 2010.
Turbulence jostled the men. It was uncomfortably hot. Outside the open door, the bright Georgia sun beat down on the plane’s sizzling fuselage. The jump instructor’s voice was nearly drowned out by the steady roar of the props.

Donald Malarkey wiped the sweat from his brow and cast a glance over at Skip Muck, who sat on the bench, pale as death. “YOU OKAY, SKIP?” Malarkey shouted to him.

“YEAH . . . FIRST TIME FLYING!”

“NO SHIT? HOW’RE YA LIKING IT?”

Muck licked his lips and smiled wanly. “WELL, DON, I GUESS IT’S NOT SO BAD.”

“YEAH?”

“EXCEPT I’M TERRIFIED OF HEIGHTS!”


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