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“Don’t remind me, they hurt now,” Mac groaned, still smiling at his friend. “I've been crawling and climbing so much my hands are bleeding.” He held up both palms, “I‘m so glad you came to find me.” Mac’s hands were black like charcoal with blood oozing through rough blistered skin.
“I have my selfish reasons,” Darin sniffed, pointing over the edge. “Do you think you could walk around this hill?” He pointed to the rocks between Mac’s helicopter-wreckage and where they stood above the waterfall. “The chopper pilot from the studio is waiting about four hundred yards from your crash-site. It’s not far. I’ll hold you the best I can.”
“Going down will be tricky, but if I don’t have to go fast, I think I can make it.” Grabbing Darin’s shoulder, he pulled himself up and asked, “Hey, what’s with saying you have your selfish reasons for coming up here? I thought I was special.” Darin encircled Mac’s waist before taking a step.
“Penny, remember? I sent you to get her, well did you?”
Mac stopped to catch his breath, but for a moment, his face looked blank. “Oh her, yeah--well a whole lot of things happened since….”
Darin looked away. He wanted to let go, but Mac clutched his shoulders tightly. “You can tell me Mac,” he said with a somber look on his stubbly face. “Is she alive?” Darin tensed up, waiting for the awful news. Smoke and nerves made him cough again.
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