Thursday, December 4, 2008

In Which I Continue

Last month I posted the first installment of the Short Story Thursday series, with a story about a mysterious man with an unknown conflict. Today, I'm posting the second part of that story, but please read Part One first, if you haven't already.

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Eight hours earlier…

The classic Mustang roared as Adam Marshall swung the car into his driveway, the windows down despite the brisk mid-November air. He reached up and pressed the button on the garage door opener clipped to the sun visor and pulled into the vacant bay. The sound of the engine echoed harshly off of the concrete floor before he it switched off. He hastily pushed the button again to close the garage behind him, and the light from the street lamp at the end of the driveway crept slowly down the wall before being squeezed out as the door closed with a thump.

Gripping the wheel tightly with both hands, Adam closed his eyes and took in a ragged breath. He could feel his heart pounding away in his chest, his lungs burning from breathing hard. What just happened? What did I just get myself into? His jaw clenched and unclenched subconsciously, the cacophony of wild thoughts driving him to grip the steering wheel even tighter. After some deep breathing Adam stepped out of the car and stood in the dark garage.

The only sounds he could hear save for the pulse in his ears was the quiet ticking of the cooling engine, and the dry leaves as they danced across the driveway. Adam looked at his watch. The glowing watch face read just past ten o’clock. He walked towards the door leading into his kitchen, mindlessly selecting a key from the large key chain. It wasn’t until he tried to unlock the door that he realized his hands were shaking, the key skittering loudly against the handle before sliding in. He turned the knob to one side and pushed the door open.

The hinges squealed as Adam walked inside, flicking on the light switch on the wall to his right. Dropping his keys on the countertop, he placed his hands on the cool marble and tried to catch his breath. Closing his eyes again, he concentrated hard on his thoughts, struggling to force logic over chaos in the scenarios playing repeatedly in his mind. A couple minutes passed, and he held out his hands. The shaking had stopped.

They saw me, I know they did, and they saw my car. I lost the guy that was tailing me, but they’ve got my license plate number, and that’ll probably lead them here... I can’t stay here. I’ve got to leave town.

Adam ran through the kitchen and down the hallway to his bedroom. He hurriedly packed a suitcase with few changes of clothes, throwing a laptop computer and a sleek black case on top of the pile.

I’ve got to get away and sort this out.

With long strides, Adam walked back through the kitchen and grabbed his keys. He stepped into the garage, and pulled the door closed. He placed the suitcase in the passenger seat of the Mustang, and slid into the driver’s seat.

I’ve got to be out of the state by sunrise.

12 Comments:

Cape Cod Gal said...

It's about f-ing time you posted this. I was beginning to wonder where the second half was. I hope that you're keeping all this in a safe place. You've got talent babe!

Miss Grace said...

Is this the second half, or just the second installment?

Heather said...

Just what I needed to cheer me up today! =D You rock!

splodge said...

Excellent! The perfect antidote to a nightmare day.

I can visualise it all playing out before me in monochrome, with dramatic lighting and exaggerated sounds.

Badass Geek said...

Cape Cod Gal: I would have thought you were going to be more impatient about this. There will be more to come, too!

Miss Grace: Just the second installment... There will be more later.

Heather: Glad I could help!

Splodge: It seems today has been bad for many people... Hope your day takes a turn for the better.

Aunt Becky said...

I'm with Cape Cod Gal, I was wondering if and when you'd get your ass in gear and write this.

Lola said...

Great job, man! Listen to all these impatient bitches complaining about waiting? This is the way I read books, a couple pages, and then a couple months later a couple pages more. It's perfect for me!

Badass Geek said...

Aunt Becky: Oh, I had it written for a while. I just wanted to wait to post it. You know, to keep people interested.

Lola: If it's perfect for you, then it's perfect for me!

Moonspun said...

What the heck did he DO??
Another piece well written, yet leaving us in suspense.

Employee No. 3699 said...

Excellent! I’ll be patiently awaiting the next chapter.

Badass Geek said...

Moonspun: I haven't written that part yet! I'm working on it now, but you've gotta wait until next month to read it.

Employee No 3699: Thank you! I'm not sure what direction I'll take the next chapter, so we'll see how it goes.

mumma boo said...

Thanks for the early Christmas present! I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter and am looking forward to the next one! Oh, and your photos are gorgeous, btw. Your nature series is amazing. :)

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