I have been racking my brain for the past three days trying to figure out what post theme I’ve been missing and it was this one. These are fun! Go to page 97 of a book – any book – and use line 4 as a prompt for a post. It must use the line as it is written, but see where that line takes you, then share it with the world 🙂
“…the feeling of falling. Of being so far up you felt protective of the …” (Riders by Veronica Rossi)
Gerard loved his job as a Hollywood stuntman. The lights, the camera, the action, the thought that any moment could be your last as you fill in for the real stars so that they don’t get hurt. Some days the job was as mundane as ramming his foot into the false leg of the coffee table because the A-list actor might actually stub his toe, but other days, like today, was much more exciting.
There was a different feeling standing on the edge of the world’s tallest building and looking down, knowing that your life depended on the thin cord wrapped around your waist.
A lot ran through Gerard’s mind … the feeling of falling. Of being so far up you felt protective of the people below you in case the wire slipped and you plummeted to your death. He pushed that thought from his mind just as he had the other thousand times he had performed stunts like this. Sure, the director on this film liked to cut corners, but he trusted the guys he worked with. He trusted him with his life.
Thirteen takes! The director was not happy with any of them. Move your right arm up, now down. As Gerard listened to his directions over the headphone, he couldn’t help but think this guy had lost his marbles. Still, he wanted to be famous. One day he was going to be an A-list actor in his own right. Like Harrison Ford, who started out as a carpenter. He was going to be the actor who started out in stunts. One day he was going to be famous.
“Take fourteen!” the director yelled. “And action!”
People all over Hollywood and beyond heard Gerard’s name every day for more than three months as the trial against the director, producer, and movie studio played out in court and television. Eventually, it was settled out of court and the media found a new flavor of the month. Even in death, fame is fleeting.