Sitting on my bed the thoughts of what had happened earlier that week, were still fresh in my mind. Screams of hysteric children after hearing the gunshots still rang in my ears. Pictures of grown men begging for mercy flashed before me. My brother being dragged off still horrified me.
Tears burned my eyes, while I tried to hold them back. Now wasn’t the time to cry I had to pack and leave. I had to put it all behind me. Looking at my hands I wondered how they could do such horrible things. Mine were still innocent. I’ve never been able to pull the trigger on my gun. Grabbing my backpack I slung it on my back and headed to the kitchen to put some snacks in it. The doorbell rang as I put some apples in my bag. Opening the door I found a police officer standing in front of me.
“Are you Lilly Vinturry?” The officer asked.
“Yes,” I responded.
“You’re under arrest for…” He wasn’t able to continue because as he said this and started to handcuff me I twirled out of his grasp. Realizing I wasn’t going down without a fight he charged. Avoiding him by only a few inches, I pulled my gun out and did the unthinkable. I fired. The bullet hit its mark and the officer fell. I could see the blood on his chest and felt faint, but I wasn’t giving up now. Without considering the consequences I ran. I didn’t look back or think of what I had done, I just ran.
The realization of what I had just done, hit me hard as the adrenaline wore off. I was a fugitive. Wanted by the police, I had no where to go, no where to hide. Helicopters could be heard as I tried to find a place to stay where I couldn’t be found. Branches leapt out and smacked me as I sprinted here and there. Darkness became my cover as I wearily treaded on. All night I walked and walked not even sure where it would lead me. As the moon faded to give room to the sun, I slowed down and collapsed under a tree, finally giving in to sleep.
“Are you okay?”
Groggily I awoke to see a young man’s green eyes staring at me, his black hair moving with the gentle wind. For a moment I forgot where I was, but the memories flooded back. I was on the run.
“I’m fine, thanks.” I pushed my messy, brown hair out of my face.
Staring at me, the man sat down on a tree stump while he drank water.
My mouth felt extremely dry as I looked longingly at his canteen.
Grinning he kept on chugging the water. Finally after eons of wishing I had the strength to strangle him and steal his canteen, he walked over to me.
“You look thirsty, here drink this.” Handing me the canteen, I drank slowly savoring every drop.
The man studied me as I drank, probably determining whether I was a camper or a hobo.
“I’ve never seen anyone cherish water so much.” I kept on drinking ignoring his comment. He didn’t seem to mind, but his green eyes still watched me. When I had all I could drink, I handed the canteen back to the man.
“Thanks for the water I really needed it. Where’s the nearest town?”
Grinning yet again he replied, “I’m afraid I can’t tell you.”
“Why can’t you tell me?”
“I’m not allowed to help fugitives.” Stunned, I stared blankly at him. He laughed at my reaction and threw me a sandwich, which of course hit me on the head. I opened the bag and ate the sandwich trying not to make eye contact with him, though I could feel him staring at me.
Looking at the sky I guessed the time to be about 1:00 PM. When I turned around to ask the guy if I guessed the time correctly he was gone. I didn’t even know his name. Again, I was left alone. The thoughts of kids and adults being murdered came rushing back. The screams of my brother, still echoed in my head.
This time I didn’t stop the tears. I let them come and before I knew it, I was sobbing. Curling up in a ball, I cried until there were no more tears to cry. Anguish engulfed me and I felt like dying. Why did I run from the police? Why did my brother have to be killed, while I got to escape? Pondering these things didn’t help my situation and I soon gave up trying to answer them. A little voice nagged at the back of mind telling me I should just end it now, but I shook the thought away. Drained of energy, I fell into a fitful sleep.
After awaking from a nightmare, I saw that it was night, time to get up and move. Standing was more difficult than I thought due my aches and bruises. Stretching helped a little, but every step I took inflicted pain. I stumbled around trying to find my backpack, which was by the tree stump. Lifting it up, I found it was heavier than before. I peeked in and found a canteen, some sandwiches, wipes, money, and a letter. I opened the letter.
I lied. I can help you, a fugitive. I hope these extra supplies come in handy.
Guy on a tree stump
P.S. you’re near the town of Parksen.”
I putt the letter back in my bag. Wishing the forest would hurry up and end, I trudged on.
Oddly the darkness was comforting and made me feel secure. It was summer and the warm night helped calm my nerves. Listening I heard a sort of hum, like cars driving by. Suddenly I realized that I was near a rode and picked up the pace to see where I was. Sure enough I found myself by a busy highway. My goal of finding civilization met, I went back into the woods and slept.
I felt something crawl on my arm and I awoke with a start. Flicking off a bug, I froze when I heard voices, but I heard them to late. I was surrounded.
okay so it's not the greatest, but it's my first action type story. Please comment so i can get on the right track. I plan on adding more just haven't gotten there yet.