Fun on the Fun Play

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"This totally sucks." I said as I continued to clean the submarine portion of the Fun Play. I was the only girl working the late shift tonight and all of the guys I work with said that they're 'too buff' to fit in and help me clean.

I had my headphones in as I finished cleaning the submarine and crawled out. I walked over to the helicopter and took a deep breath before going in.

I hated this part. The helicopter totally freaked me out. It's not that I'm necessarily scared of heights, I'm just scared of unstable heights. Roller coasters aren't too bad because they go through inspections and all that crap but this thing hasn't had one of those in years. Plus, it was meant for small children and even though I'm not obese, I'm definitely not a small child. I walked onto the see-through plastic flooring that let kids see the forty feet of nothingness below them while they pretended to be flying.
I began to clean the chairs and steering consoles at the front of the helicopter when I heard some creaking.

I slowly turned around and looked to where the helicopter was attached to rest of the jungle gym. I began to crawl towards it and the creaking got louder.

I was only a few feet from the edge when the helicopter tipped dramatically, sending me flailing towards the opposite side. There were only a few bolts holding the helicopter and me up.

I started panicking. A forty foot drop in this thing was not going to end well.

"Help! Guys! Chris! Tom! Anyone!" I began yelling, hoping to catch one of my coworkers attention.

"Maddy!" I heard someone yell. "Don't move! We'll be right there!"

I heard people running around but was afraid to look down and see exactly who it was.

Within a few agonizingly long minutes, I heard sirens somewhere in the distance and the center's doors being slammed open. There was shouting and footsteps everywhere.

"Maddy!" I heard my name being shouted through an intercom. "Are you alright?"

"I am for now but I don't think this is going to hold for much longer!" I yelled back, trying to calm my shaking breath.

"Don't worry! We've sent someone up to help you out. We need you to do exactly as they say and everything will turn out fine."

"Got it." I said.

Soon I heard footsteps from above me and opened my eyes to see a man with a thick rope and a first aid kit.

"Are you Maddy?" He asked.

"In the flesh." I answered back in a shaky voice.
"Are you injured in any way?"

"Not that I know of." I said, wishing he would lower the rope and help me out of this nightmare.

His eyes quickly scanned over me and landed on my shoulder. After a few moments of silence his eyes snapped back to mine and he began giving me instructions.

"Alright. There is a loop in the rope. I need you to slowly slide it up your legs like its the seat of a swing. Then I'll pull you out. Okay?"

"Okay." I said hesitantly.

He began to lower the rope and I slowly leaned forward to angle it so my feet could go through. I slid it up my legs and had just barely gotten it over my knees when I began to hear more creaking like before.

"What's happening? What do I do?" I began to panic.

"Don't worry. It's just settling again. I need to you to focus on me and the rope, Maddy. Look at me." He ordered and I forced myself to look up at his face.

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