Chapter 13: Free Faller

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QOOTD: Where do you guys live? If the U.S., which state?

Mia's POV

Dysn and I had 11 holes punched so far. "We're so close" I shouted over the sound of the whipping rolling coasters around us.

"Alright so how about this one" Dysn said shading his eyes from the sun, as he pointed to the tallest roller coaster in the park. The sign read

FREE FALLER.

"I'm not so sure about this one" I said while running my fingers through my hair.

Dysn' POV

"What's wrong" I asked Mia. She looked worried. I wrapped my arm around her waist and pulled her closer. She placed her head on my shoulder. We stood there for a while, until she finally spoke up.

"I'm not afraid of heights or anything, but I have a bad experience with high roller coasters" she said while she placed her arm over my shoulder.

"Oh, what happened?" I asked, hoping I wouldn't bring up anything that would upset her.

"One time, while my family took a trip to Coney Island, my sister Amanda dared me to go on the tallest roller coaster there. I decided to do it because, why not? But when we went into a loop-the-loop, the lady behind me fell out of the coaster. I guess she wasn't strapped in correctly, but I've never been on a huge roller coaster like that one ever since" She said while slowly pulling away.

"Well shit." I said, still in shock of what she just told me. "But you're with me, I won't let anything happen to you. I promise." I continued, trying to comfort her. I could tell by the way she was looking up at the coaster, that she was traumatized.

"I know I'm safe whenever I'm with you, but you can't make that promise to everyone else on the ride. I'm a really unlucky person and I wouldn't want to jeopardize anyone's life" she said while nervously playing with her thumbs. I always find it really hot when she gets nervous, but she just laughs and covers her face.

"Well, that's a risk that they're taking, don't let it bring you down" I said trying to cheer her up. She just stood there, looking up at the coaster.

"I guess you're right, but I just can't get that image out of my head" she said with her head down.

"C'mon, let's go" I shouted as I ran towards the now empty line, dragging her behind me"

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Mia's POV

"Woo-hoo" I screamed as the ride came to an end. The people around me cheered, too. They were saying things like "one more time" or "again again", and even "it wasn't that bad". The last one was hard to believe considering the guy who said that was screaming the entire time.

"I can't believe it, we got all twelve" Dysn said right before giving me a high-five.

"Well believe it honey" I said. "But it's all thanks to you" I said right before I pecked his cheek.

"Let's go enter the contest thingy" he said while tugging on my wrist. Then, he hopped out of the coaster and pulled me out of my seat. We walked over to the raffle booth after signing our names on the slip of paper. As he placed the ticket inside of the slot, a million thoughts rushed through my head. What if we win? Are we really gonna split the cash? What if we won an exotic vacation? Should we take Sahar and Kelsey?

"I have an idea. We should go on the Ferris wheel while we wait" I said pointing to the lit up Ferris wheel.

"What if it doesn't stop in time, and we won't hear the results" Dysn asked looking back at the raffle booth.

"They announce it through a loud speaker that projects throughout the whole park" I said.

"Well then, shall we?" Dysn asked extending his arm out towards the entrance booth. The guy stamped both of our hands, as he pushed down the metal bar that kept us from falling out.

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(Still on the Ferris wheel)

After posting dozens of snapchats (above), I heard a man clear his throat over the loudspeaker.

"This is it" I said while tapping Dysn on the shoulder. He just continued to look at his phone.

"May I have your attention please" the man over the loudspeaker said. "For those of you that entered our giveaway, here are the results. In third place, winning $5,000 in cash, is Abbigail Lewis and Louisa R. In second place, winning $10,000 in cash, is Alexis Walker and Sara Montgomery. Last but certainly not least, in first place, winning a vacation of four people on a trip to Hawaii is... Mia Rodrigo and, dis-in? **clears throat**. Anyway, congratulations to all of our winners today! You may pick up your prizes before you leave. We will confirm the receipt number so that no one can steal your prize." He said just before he ended the broadcast.

"We did it" I screamed. Dysn gave me a bear hug, and rocked me back and forth.

"Off to Hawaii" he said while fist pumping the air. "Wow, you are unlucky" Dysn said sarcastically. We spent the rest of the night walking around the park until it closed. We talked about what we would do in Hawaii. He even mentioned not telling Sahar and Kelsey. Sounds familiar. Here we go again.

AOTD: I'm from Massachusetts. Nothing special, it's just cold, really cold❄️.

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