A a good friend of mine, has always been fascinated by carnival rides.

A a good friend of mine, has always been fascinated by carnival rides.

Kate, a good friend of mine, has always been fascinated by carnival rides. It amazes her that average, ordinary people eagerly trade in the protection and stability of the ground for the chance to be tossed through the air like vegetables in a blender. Who was the guy who at some point that people would enjoy this? After he invented it did he decide that he should be the first to test out his new terrifying creation or were people already lining up to give it a go? For Kate, it is mainly the thrill and excitement of having survived the ride that keeps her coming back for more. No matter how scary or terrifying something may be, people will always be up for a minute of an adrenaline rush and pure heart wrenching terror that keeps them wanting to come back for more. Kate’s first experience with a carnival ride was a Ferris wheel at a local fair. She had just turned three and the memory still lingers in her head like a catchy phrased song that you just can’t seem to get out. Excitement ran throughout her whole body. Kate ran ahead of her grandparents, bouncing brown curls, white frilly summer dress and all. Looking at the looming monstrosity spinning the life out of its sardine-caged occupants, she was dumbstruck. It was huge, smoky, noisy and just a little intimidating. Ever since that initial impression became hammered in Kate’s imagination many years ago, these rides have been able to remind her of giant dinosaurs carrying off their screaming passengers. Even the dying sound of their engines brings to mind the great roar of a fire-breathing dragon with smoke spewing from its nostrils. The first ride on one of these fantastic beasts gave Kate an instant rush of adrenaline. As the death-defying ride started, a lump in her throat pulsed like a dislodged heart ready to walk the plank. As the ride gained speed, the resistance to gravity built up and she became unable to move. A pause as the wheel reached the top of its climb…


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