Tom Locke: Surviving Today XXII

Tom Locke: Surviving Today XXII

March 5, 2015 Tom Locke 0

Every Thursday here at stay tuned for another exciting chapter in Tom Locke’s story. Its not dystopian but, have mercy, its one man’s survival

  • A trail to salvation?

On the glass counter with the scratch off lottery tickets, next to the large plastic boxes full of flavored jerky. Tom left his gun. Thankfully Najair hadn’t been so silly and as they traversed the mountain again Tom saw the large black gun in his hand. That burning feeling in the pit of his stomach was so strong now. It was that sinking feeling that his panic and flight instinct may wind up costing him his life. Without a gun there was no fight the fully automatic, high powered rifles the enemy used.

There was clearly a sniper outside the store and another group of gun toting religious militants. They were upon them before Shirley, Ali, Najair or himself even knew it. For some reason they hadn’t surrounded the building first which would have made it an easy kill. Either this was a blessing of its own or just an extension of their suffering.

Larger jutting rocks made up much of this part of the Cliffside. They were covered in moss and hard to maneuver. The largest ones were great places to hide yet without speaking a single word the two of them knew hiding was over. They were no good dead so Tom and Najair would have to achieve as much calculated chaos as possible. That being said the pressed on.

The occasional ricochet hit the ground near them other wise they seemed pretty well out of ranger.

The dense mountain woods gave way to a small hiking trail to their right. It was a small unobstructed hiking trail. Najair fingered to it and ran over towards the trail. They could really make some time getting down the mountain. This was the closest thing to pavement they had been on since the Shirley picked them up in her truck.

After about five more minutes of full charge mover down the hill they could see the trail beginning to open up. It was the first time they took notice to daybreak and how quickly the sun was upon them. More importantly how little time they had to warn the country about the slaughter that was on the horizon



By Yinan Chen ( (gallery, image)) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons


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