No One to Hear You Scream by K. J. Dahlen

No One to Hear You Scream by K. J. Dahlen

Author:K. J. Dahlen [Dahlen, K. J.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2012-10-05T15:28:00+00:00

By the time the sun hit the halfway point on the second day, Sam and Cole felt they were making progress. They had Arkansas on the left and Mississippi to their right. They were actually seeing more of the river life on the second day than they had the day before. There was still no sign of Tucker, but Sam understood his means of travel a little better.

With the gentle lapping of water on the sides of the boat and the incredible beauty only seen on the river, Sam knew he could get used to this kind of carefree life. The slow, easygoing pace of life on the water was evident in the people. Yesterday they had been in too much of a hurry to see it, but today Sam and Cole saw the river in a different light.

The water was calling to them, seducing them as they plowed through its gentle swells, and the pull of its current was taking them farther and farther from the city sounds of rushing traffic and unbearable noise. Out on the water it was quiet, and you could actually hear the sounds of nature.

Sam was checking his navigational charts when Cole brought him a sandwich and a beer.

"So, how far do you think we'll get by sundown?" Cole asked, as he bit into his sandwich.

"We should get at least to Helena, Mississippi. We'll have to stop around there for gas anyway," Sam told him.

"How much farther ahead of us is he, do you wonder?" Cole finally asked the question on both of their minds.

"I wish I knew," Sam replied as he looked at the huge expanse of river ahead of him. They had been passing swampland and river islands all day. For all they knew, Tucker could be on one of those islands right now. Cole had been searching as far as he could see, but it would have been easy enough to hide a boat if you really wanted to. They had to hope that he was still making his way north to Hannibal.

"What do you think of our chances? Of finding him and Wyatt, I mean," Cole clarified.

Sam thought for a moment, and then nodded. "Actually, I think we made the right decision about traveling by river. We have the element of surprise on our side, and in this sort of game we need every advantage we can get. He doesn't know we followed him by river, and he won't be looking for us until he gets to Hannibal."

Cole nodded.

Sam looked out at the river again and couldn't help but think about Wyatt. He wondered if he was all right or if he was scared. He hoped he was all right. If nothing else, Sam was sure that Wyatt knew he was on his way.

"What do you think will happen once we get to Hannibal?" Cole asked. His intentions of getting his cousin the help he needed were looking more and more impossible, but he needed to hear Sam actually say the words.


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