Survival Story *not Really A Research Paper Its A Creative Story*

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     This isn’t happening. Things like this don’t happen to people like me. I sit on a log and look up at the canopy of trees hovering over me. I glance around, seeing only other confused faces glance at me. It’s quiet. The loudest quiet I’ve ever heard. My head floods with thought and I close my eyes, pushing back frantic images. I inhale my surroundings, trying desperately to make sense of the silent riot occurring all around me.
     My attention is drawn to a noise. My eyes wander, searching for the source. It sounds like the cry of a small animal; it sounds too familiar to be dangerous. It becomes louder and I recognize the innocent scream. I rise from the dead stump and hurry
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My keys jingle in my pocket and I pull them out. On my key chain, a free flashlight I received from a catalogue order. I read the name on the smooth plastic cover, ”LifeLight”. I laugh at it’s simple irony.
     While rummaging through my pocket I discover a familiar object. My metallic zippo lighter. I stroke the smooth metal with my thumb. I wish I had a cigarette. I was angered to find my lighter was out of fluid when I went to light one just before take off. I needed that cigarette. Something was wrong, I could sense it. I could sense it then, hours before the crash and still now I wish I hadn’t boarded flight 579, non stop to Victoria, Canada. I despised the name. Why I went I still couldn’t say. It was on a flight just as this one that my grandfather had been killed.
     Shaking my head I pull myself back into existence I look down at the child. Sleeping soundly next to my heart I support it with my hand and notice a ring I had placed on my finger a few days ago. On it was a miniature compass I had received as a boy.
     “What are you looking at?” Says the man again. The voice belonging to him began to irritate me. I had failed to notice how long I’d been staring.
     Taking leadership, I stood amidst the other passengers. “We have to collect the

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