Monday, June 4, 2012

Day One Hundred Fifty-Six: "The Ascent" by Ron Rash


A young boy dealing with drug addict parents finds an abandoned airplane in the mountains of North Carolina and scavenges the dead bodies for jewelry, not knowing that revealing his discovery to his parents will result in them pawning off the jewelry for more drug money. When he realizes what his parents have done, he finds his way back into the snow covered woods and climbs into the plane to "save them" as if he has the ability to do that when he can't help his parents at all.

Talk about a sad and frightening look at what it must be like for a child to watch his parents in the grips of addiction. This story reflect neglect at its most unnerving. This boy was destined to be lost.

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