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By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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A teen who is claustrophobic faces his ultimate nightmare when he gets lost while on a field trip to a cave with his classmates.

If I get out of here alive, it will be a miracle.  A huge miracle!

I got lost; I am trying to find my way back, and I am not having an easy time of it.  See, I am claustrophobic, severely claustrophobic, and dummy me, I got separated from The Group.  Guess where we are.

In a cave, of all things.

If there is one thing I hate, it's caves.  Especially big, dark ones like the one we're in at the current time.

I'm doing everything I possibly can not to panic, but my body is threatening to go into attack-mode if I don't get outta here soon: my heart is racing and palpitating wildly inside my chest, my lungs are craving fresh air, I am sweating bullets, and my nerves are like violin strings: they're wound up tight.

Maybe if I yell and/or scream, my group will hear me.  Then they can find me and come rescue me.

Lord, I can only hope (if there is a Lord) ...

Seems I am known for getting into a pickle, one after another.  For example, the time where I got locked in a closet by my dumb little baby sister.  She thought it would be cute to watch me wig.  It's a wonder I didn't rip the door off its hinges (though I did try ... )!  That certainly didn't help my claustrophobia any.

Another time, I was on an elevator, and it got trapped between floors.  Guess where I was.  Stuck in the back, and it was crowded.  Then the power went out.  I thought I was gonna die.  When I finally got out of there, I fainted, and they had to use smelling salts on me to revive my happy butt.

Embarrassed? You bet!!  Now everyone thinks I'm a big baby 'cause I can't handle being in tight spaces or in excessively crowded places.

Now I'm stuck in this horrible, dank, dark, smelly cave, and there isn't a godblessed thing I can do to get out of here (unless I yell my guts out).  I don't know what I am going to do; if I don't get outta here soon, I'm gonna go wild!!!  I hate this damn claustrophobia!!!!

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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 4/7/2011
So why hasn't he yelled? By this time I'd imagine that his body would have taken over. As always, very interesting character in a very interesting circumstance.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/6/2011
This is a scary write ... but then again, being claustrophobic ... LOL Now if there were storms about, wouldn't mind being underground ... just saying. EXCELLENT write, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/6/2011
Yes, great story, Karen.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 4/6/2011
Wow! That would be awful! Great story Karen.

With Love,


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