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Tracey was filled with fear and something else as she leaned over his unconscious body. When he awoke, Gabriel was confused, and then embarrassed when Tracey told him he had fainted. That moment changed things between them; Gabe had always liked her, but now he realized the power of those feelings, and Tracey had always appreciated his friendship, but the fear that seized her when he collapsed told her those feelings ran much deeper.

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Living Conditions

The Boy tread the water and turned to take one final look at the boat as it submerged completely, giving up one last bubble of air. Rather than burn his time, and more importantly energy, panicking over his situation, he took a breath and made a deliberate assessment of it: the life-vests were among the first things lost to the fire that took down his boat; he had a wrist-mounted compass instead of a watch, but he was at least seven miles from land to the west, and couldn’t swim more than five, even with his life depending on it; he could hope for a boat to pass him, or dolphins, but a hope isn’t a plan, and he had little time to make up his mind. He realized he couldn’t bear the fear of dying with the knowledge of how close he came to land, so he put his back to the setting Sun and swam.

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