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RISE - Chapter 17 (Final)

RISE - Chapter 17 (Final)

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Published by Gabriel Arnold
The final chapter. Rusty has come full circle and now must come to terms with everything he's endured up to this point. You don't want to miss this...

And to get your very own RISE shirt, just like the one in the story, visit the RISE store. http://riseparkour.spreadshirt.com/
The final chapter. Rusty has come full circle and now must come to terms with everything he's endured up to this point. You don't want to miss this...

And to get your very own RISE shirt, just like the one in the story, visit the RISE store. http://riseparkour.spreadshirt.com/

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Published by: Gabriel Arnold on Jun 28, 2011
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Chapter 17
 
RISEN
 
 
Rus
ty opened hi
s
eye
s.
He lay flat on hi
s
back, bright light
s
hining down, blinding him
.
 Hi
s
body wa
s
wrapped in the
s
moothe
s
t
s
ilk
.
All the pain wa
s
gone
.
It wa
s
warm andq
u
iet
.
The tho
u
ght that he wa
s
dead cro
ss
ed hi
s
mind for a moment
.
s
he lay there
Rus
ty tho
u
ght he co
u
ld hear movement nearby, like
s
omeone
s
h
u
ffling their feet acro
ss
atile floor
.
Hi
s
eye
s
adj
us
ted to the light and he co
u
ld now
s
ee that it wa
s
nt the brillianceof heaven b
u
t a
s
tandard i
ssu
e fl
u
ore
s
cent b
u
lb, with a light beige ceiling
su
rro
u
nding it
.
 Perplexed,
Rus
ty p
u
lled hi
s
head forward and attempted to prop him
s
elf 
u
p on hi
s
elbow
s
 before being
s
hot down in ab
s
ol
u
te agony 
.
It felt like a bl
u
nt
s
teel railroad
s
pike beingrammed
s
traight thro
u
gh hi
s
rib cage
.
 He
s
creamed in ang
u
i
s
h, head thrown back and fi
s
t
s
c
u
rled into white kn
u
ckle ball
s.
 S
u
ddenly he wa
s
 
su
bmerged with every ache and mi
s
ery from every point of hi
s
body 
.
 
Rus
ty
s
teeth
s
lammed together and he co
u
ld
s
 wear he heard one crack
.
Thro
u
gh thetorment
Rus
ty felt hand
s
grip him firmly by the
s
ho
u
lder
s
and an
u
nfamiliar voice callingo
u
t direction
s.
Inject oxy-co-done? What wa
s
oxycodone? Within moment
s
relief r
us
hed thro
u
gh
Rus
ty
s
vein
s.
The pain
su
b
s
ided to a manageableang
u
i
s
h and the hand
s
let go of hi
s
 
s
ho
u
lder
s.
 
elea
s
ed of the pain,
Rus
ty wa
s
able toopen hi
s
eye
s
again and take a few dazed look
s
aro
u
nd
.
He wa
s
in a bed
.
There wa
s
a wooden chair nearby and a window looking o
u
t on
s
ome b
u
ilding
s
in an
u
rban
s
etting
.
doctor wa
s
leaning over him, a n
u
r
s
e behind him taking note
s
off a beeping machine, andon the other
s
ide of the bed
s
tood hi
s
mother
.
 Mom?Her eye
s
lit
u
p
.
She reached a hand o
u
t and placed it gingerly on hi
s
head
.
Shhh, it
s
okay 
Rus
, relax
.
 Her voice wa
s
calm b
u
t the look on her face told everything
.
Something hadhappened to him,
s
omething
s
erio
us.
Beginning to panic,
Rus
ty again tried to
s
it
u
p
s
traight b
u
t wa
s
forced back again by a wave of 
u
nbelievable pain in hi
s
left
s
ide
.
 Breathing hard,
Rus
ty wa
s
barely intelligible a
s
he ga
s
ped, What happened? Why am Ihere? Why doe
s
, ah, why doe
s
my 
s
ide h
u
rt
s
o bad? Mom, plea
s
e tell me
.
P
us
hing a
s
ide a
s
trand of hi
s
hair, hi
s
mother remained
s
oothing and
s
aid I will, I will
.
  J
us
t try to
s
it back and relax
.
B
u
t
Rus
ty wa
s
determined
.
He p
us
hed again
s
t the bed and managed to get him
s
elf into a
s
itting po
s
ition
.
Panting from the exertion, he
s
aid No, now
.
I want to know now
.
Rus
ty
s
mother
s
ighed
.
She gave him a
s
mall pat on the
s
ho
u
lder and
s
aid, One day o
u
tof the ne
s
t and yo
u
re already thi
s
 
s
t
u
bborn
.
Fine, b
u
t dont get too
u
p
s
et when yo
u
hear
.
T
u
rning her head to the door,
s
he called o
u
t Lee, Jenna, he
s
awake now
.
Yo
u
can comein
.
 
The door
s
 w
u
ng open and both Lee and Jenna ran into the room,
s
topping at the foot of the bed and peering over at their fallen friend
.
Lee wa
s
the fir
s
t to
s
peak
.
 Damn
s
on, yo
u
got wrecked
.
Lee!
Rus
ty
s
mother
s
aid, Lang
u
age!Lee
s
heepi
s
hly rocked hi
s
head and
s
aid Sorry M
s.
K
.
 Jenna ignored the interr
u
ption and
s
aid to
Rus
ty, Howre yo
u
feeling?
Rus
ty r
u
bbed hi
s
face, wiping the
s
leep from hi
s
eye
s
and
s
aid, Like ten mile
s
of brokenroad
.
 It wa
s
only then he happened to look down and
s
ee that he wa
s
 
s
hirtle
ss
, withbandage
s
wrapped firmly aro
u
nd hi
s
che
s
t and abdomen
.
To
u
ching hi
s
left
s
ide lightly, afre
s
h
su
rge of pain co
u
r
s
ed thro
u
gh and he winced
.
He realized that breathing wa
s
harderthan
usu
al
.
What happened to me? All three of them were
s
ilent a
s
they pa
ss
ed their gaze from one to the other
.
Lee
s
teppedaro
u
nd the
s
ide of the bed, p
u
lled a
s
mall laptop o
u
t of hi
s
bag, and
s
aid, Maybe it
s
be
s
tif we
s
how yo
u
fir
s
t
.
Opening the
s
creen, Lee q
u
ickly p
u
lled
u
p an Internet video entitled
Horrifying Fall atPro/Am
.
Lee opened the clip and
Rus
ty wa
s
greeted to the image of him
s
elf, racing overthe top of the Free
s
tyle co
u
r
s
e tower
.
The video had only ambient
s
o
u
nd, with theth
u
nder of the m
us
ic and the roar of the crowd all that co
u
ld be heard
.
It looked like it wa
s
ripped
s
traight from a kid'
s
cellphone,
s
tanding
s
omewhere near the center of thea
u
dience
.
Looking at him
s
elf from the o
u
t
s
ide in,
Rus
ty co
u
ld
s
ee how
s
l
u
ggi
s
h and weakhe had become,
s
omething hed failed to appreciate d
u
ring the r
u
n
.
He
s
aw him
s
elf pa
us
e, take the deep breath, and r
u
n toward
s
the gap
.
 
Rus
ty 
s
 wallowed hard,remembering the terror of what came next
.
 It wa
s
clear from the moment he took off for the
s
ideflip that he wo
u
ldnt make it acro
ss.
 S
u
re eno
u
gh,
Rus
ty watched with horror a
s
hi
s
ribcage
s
ma
s
hed into the metal coping of the oppo
s
ite tower, hi
s
head
s
napping aro
u
nd like a rag doll
.
He
s
aw him
s
elf 
s
cramble tohold on, hi
s
left arm
s
natching at the platform
s
edge, all to no avail
.
Hi
s
arm twi
s
tedhideo
us
ly and he fell, pl
u
mmeting to the gro
u
nd
.
The image failed to keep
u
p and hedi
s
appeared behind the head
s
of the people
s
tanding in front of the cameraman
.
 Lee exited the video and
s
et the laptop a
s
ide
.
That'
s
one of the only video
s
that'
s
leakedonto the Net
.
The televi
s
ion broadca
s
ter
s
have the right
s
to anything p
u
bli
s
hed onlineand they haven't relea
s
ed their footage yet
.
All other
s
o
u
rce
s
are being
s
h
u
t down
.
Rus
ty looked away from Lee and
s
tared down at hi
s
tor
s
o
.
He
s
aid q
u
ietly, How bad i
s
 it?

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