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Escape by T.W. Piperbrook

Escape by T.W. Piperbrook

Author:T.W. Piperbrook [Piperbrook, T.W.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Post Script Publishing
Published: 2013-11-20T05:00:00+00:00


“Where are we?” John asked.

He blinked his eyes slowly at Meredith, as if he were seeing her for the first time. All around them were numbered wooden posts, with grass creeping up to fill the spaces between. Directly in front of the pickup was a gigantic rectangular screen. The sides were curled and cracked, the surface marred with age.

“We’re at the drive in,” Meredith said.

John wrinkled his brow, confused. Given what he’d just been through, Meredith was glad to see him awake. It was no wonder that he couldn’t remember.

In Meredith’s hands was the black leather bag from the doctor’s office. The contents were spread over her lap, and her gloved fingers were still covered in John’s blood. She’d never stitched a wound before, but she did know how to sew, and after looking over the contents of the doctor’s bag, she’d done her best to clean and suture the wound.

A few minutes into the procedure John had passed out from the pain. Now, fifteen minutes after she’d finished, he’d regained consciousness.

She slipped off the rubber gloves and tossed them out the open window. Then she set the bag down on the floor below her and reached for his hand. He took it, locking her fingers into his.

“I can’t believe you just did that,” he said, inspecting the bandage on his leg.

“Me neither. I just hope it holds. How are you feeling?”

She could see that John was wincing.

“I’ve been better,” he admitted, fiddling with the bandage on his leg.

“Leave it alone. It’ll need time to heal.”

Although she wasn’t a doctor, Meredith impressed by the job she’d done. At the same time, she wanted to have John inspected by a professional. That was the only way to ensure he’d been treated properly.

Still, the bleeding had stopped and John was alive. And for that she was grateful.

She gazed up at the screen, recalling the many times she’d been here during childhood. The drive-in had been closed for almost fifteen years, but she’d had plenty of good memories here. At one time, the Settler’s Creek Theater had been the largest attraction for miles, drawing in crowds from all the neighboring towns.

Now the area was overgrown, lifeless.

She let her eyes wander to the sky. In the time they’d been there, dusk had settled over the field and the stars had started to emerge. She followed the spatter of lights, her eyes settling on the largest. As a child, she’d always had an interest in astronomy, and she recognized it as the North Star. Regardless of how the earth was spinning, it was the one light in the sky that never seemed to move.

Despite the horrors that were happening to the world below it, the star remained untouched. The sight of it gave her a feeling of warmth that she hadn’t felt in a while.

“I’ve never been to the drive-in,” John said. “Can you believe that?”

“You have now.”

Meredith smiled at him, squeezing his hand.

“I’m not sure this qualifies,” he said. “Something’s missing.”

“Popcorn?”

“That must be it.”

“I thought you were going to ask where the movie was.



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