My whole life has built up to this moment.  I feel my companions rushing past, galloping by, bumbling and murmuring.  I am caught in an eddy, holding my breath, savoring--
I am the roaring mist.  I am swept, plunged, dangling, over!

My head is aching.  I can't feel my my limbs.  I float quietly downstream, deaf and numb and alive.
The roar dies away, and I float on, quenched.

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