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A silence fell, which seemed to last forever. Incoherent thoughts flashed through Bowen's head: he smelled his own blood and wondered if he was dying. The pain seemed far away, but then so did everything, so perhaps he was dying.
Did he have any chance of surviving? If there was a chance, he'd need to scream, but try as he might he couldn't breathe in, his lungs felt full of liquid and a tight band of pain constricted his chest.
The pain intensified and he wondered why he hadn't died already. Then, groaning loudly, he wondered if she had left.

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    Neville Hunt about 1 year ago

    Gosh, this pre-death thought set is fascinating. I wonder to what extent this kind of thought process actually goes on and how much the whole life racing before your eyes as oft described occurs. However, I’m not keen to find out for sure just yet....

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    Neville Hunt about 1 year ago

    Incidentally, the Remembering prefix is very helpful keeping the reader on-story when both past and present are so dark.

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    Drew Martyn 12 months ago

    That's fascinated me, too, Neville. I remember reading an article written by someone who'd unexpectedly survived a fall, and he said they were waiting for their life to flash in front of their eyes but all they remember, apart from "let the pain end somehow" was thinking "I hope I'm not in too much of a mess." Maybe the flashing life is only when you're drowning? Interesting though.

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