Episode sixteen of the popular America the Dead series: He lay for a few minutes thinking about how much he loved Candace, wondering how funny it was that he had lost so much yet gained so much, something he had never had and had been in no hurry to go out and find. He wondered how he had ever managed to live his life without her in it. He wondered over how deep his love was in such a short period. It seemed like it was just yesterday when he had first met her. He had remembered how he had never really found tattoos attractive on a woman, but she had this tribal thing that started on her left hand, wrapped around that wrist and then sleeved her arm, disappearing under her shirt sleeve. It was one of the first things he had noticed, and when she had been reaching for something he had seen another piece of the same work that came down across her flat stomach and slipped below the waist band of her jeans. While he had been wondering if it was a second piece or part of the same piece, she had caught him looking. Her eyes had settled on his own and the next thing he knew he was thinking about her in an entirely different way. Thinking about making love to her, about being with her. Thinking that could never happen, Tom was obviously interested. And then she had walked over and changed his entire life. He couldn’t be without her now. The man he was becoming had a lot to do with her, probably would have never existed without her, and he had never even known she existed, never even known that love could be like that. The entire world was destroyed, but he had found himself. And she loved him too. He could feel it, see it. It was every bit as strong as what he felt for her. Not clingy, just real. Total. “Hey,” Candace said. His eyes had slipped closed; he opened them to see her standing over him, a cup of coffee in one hand. “Coffee,” He said. “Good,” she said. “It’s alive. Were you going to sleep the day away?” She handed him the coffee carefully as he sat up. “Something wore me out,” He grinned. “You okay?” “More than okay,” She answered. She leaned over and kissed him.
Fourteen million dollars in a burned suitcase. Parts of a dead man in a duffel bag. Two hired killers, a drug dealer, and two organized crime kingpins; all chasing two white trash kids from New York into the Deep South…
By Dell Sweet Adult Fourteen million dollars in a burned suitcase. Parts of a dead man in a duffel bag. Two hired killers, a drug dealer, and two organized crime kingpins; all chasing two white trash kids from New York into the Deep South as they head for what they think will be safety in Mexico. Adult orientated. Sex, language and Graphic Violence… 18+ No preview is available due to the Adult Content.Drug Use. Less Fourteen million dollars in a burned suitcase. Parts of a dead man in a duffel bag. Two hired killers, a drug dealer, and two organized crime kingpins; all chasing two white trash kids from New York into the Deep South as they head for what they think will be safety in Mexico. Adult orientated. Sex, language and Graphic Violence… 18+ No preview is available due to the Adult Content. Drug Use…
“I was in the woods. I ran. I didn’t know what those guys would do. I knew you lived here. I was heading here when I saw you come out. I wouldn’t have done that… I couldn’t have. Especially when you fell inside the car. It made me gag.” She paused and met his eyes for a second, then looked away once more. She closed her eyes like she was remembering the scene, or it was playing out again behind her closed lids. David supposed it was. She continued in a lower, measured voice. “When you got done-I was surprised how fast you did it-I just stayed in the woods for a few minutes… Like I didn’t know what to do… I guess I didn’t,” she shook her head. “Then I walked down the road through the woods across from the other car. I was going to tell you… Call out… but you seemed so focused… I guess that’s the word: Intense might be better. And anyway, next thing you know you were done with that too. Then the cops… I came out of the woods when the cops got here. You didn’t see me ’cause you were talking to one of them…” She looked back at him and held his eyes with her own. That was pretty easy to do: David seemed unable to look away. “You mad?” she asked after a few moments. “How old are you?” David asked. “Huh?” she asked. “You know… How old are you. I look at you and I keep thinking you’re younger. Then you talk and I start thinking you’re older,” David said. “Fifteen,” she said. “Still wanna do me?” she asked and smiled. “God,” David said, nearly choking. “I’m kidding,” she laughed. “I’m eighteen.” She pulled out her driver’s license and showed it to him. David looked from her to the license. “Doesn’t really look like you.” She sighed, took the license and stuck it back into her pocket. “Now who else would it be?” she asked. “That was mean,” David said. No one ever looked like themselves on a license photo. “Yeah, but the upside is I’m legal and I bet that matters, doesn’t it?” April asked.
A natural disaster that may bring humanity to its knees. Super volcanoes, super earthquakes, the likes of which no living person has ever seen. Not a maybe, but an absolute certainty, and it is not the first time: Seventy four thousand years ago the same catastrophe reduced the human population to a few thousand; will it be any kinder this time? Follow Jack and Maria as they try to stay alive…
“The Yellowstone Caldera.” He raised his eyes, “Familiar with that?” “Yellowstone Park?” Sammy said. “Yes. Back in 1930 the Army did an exploratory survey of that area. What we came up with was that there was a section of the Rocky Mountains missing. Looked at from the top of Mount Washburn it was easy for the team to see that the largest crater of an extinct volcano known to exist lay before them.” “I guess that’s about what I thought,” Sammy agreed. “Yeah. We all think that. Except it is not true at all because the Yellowstone caldera is not extinct, it is active. There have been several warnings,” he shrugged. He clicked the button on his desk and the monitor came to life. “All the red areas are spots where the surface pressure has increased. There were, at one time, many active volcanoes on the north American continent.” He clicked a button and the map changed to a view of the European continent with many of the same red shaded areas. “All over the Earth… Higher pressures. Up until a few days ago the brainiacs were still arguing over whether this could even happen.” He laughed. “Call it the Earth’s way of cleansing itself.” “But it’s not an absolute, right?”Sammy asked. “Don’t start sounding like the scientists.” He reached below his desk and came up with six small silver cartridges. Each had a red button mounted on the top with a protective cap over the button itself. He clicked a button on his desk, and a picture of destruction appeared on the screens. “That picture is an hour old. That is… Was, the Hawaiian chain.” Sammy stared at the monitor. “How can that be, I mean everyone would know about it.” Weston nodded. “And that would be true except the satellites are out, shut down to avoid damage. That is the official word.” He clicked the button on his desk and the monitor went dead once more. “The Yellowstone caldera is going to erupt sometime in the next few days. Not a maybe, not an educated guess: It has already started. We have had a few small quakes, but the big stuff is on the way.” He rolled the cartridges across the desktop; Sammy and John caught them. “Super volcanoes… Earthquakes that modern civilization has never seen… The last super eruption was responsible for killing off the human population some seventy-four thousand years ago: Reduced it to a few thousand. And that is not the biggest one we have evidence of.” He paused in the silence. “So we do what with these? Can they harm us?” John asked. “Harm you, kill you? No, but it will protect you the same as anyone else. There is enough in a single cartridge to infect about five hundred million people,” Weston said quietly. “Whoa,” Sammy whistled. “Why infect… Why not inoculate? And why six cartridges… Three Billion people?” “Be glad they decided on this. They have some others that will kill everybody in the world in a matter of days.” Weston nodded at the raised eyebrows that greeted his remarks. “It can stay alive in a dead body for days, even if the body is frozen. Same stuff is being released across the globe. Great Briton… Germany… Australia… West coast just a few hours ago. Manhattan has already been done. I want the two of you to head out from here. One of you head west, the other south. Go for the bigger cities… Water supplies… Reservoirs, it doesn’t matter.” He rose from the desk. “I’ll see you out.” The two stood in the hallway for a few seconds; quiet, except the slight buzzing from the fluorescent lights. John shrugged as his eyes met Sammy’s, waiting. Sammy pulled a quarter from his pocket and flipped it into the air. “Call it, Jack.” “Tails,” John said just before the quarter hit the carpet. Sammy bent forward. “Tails it is. You got it, Jack.” John looked down at the carpet. “West, I guess.” John said. Sammy nodded, looked down once more at the quarter and then both men turned and walked away toward the elevator that would take them back to the surface.
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He had her tied to the top of the picnic table, nude, but he had to wrap things up, the sun was coming up.
She hadn’t known anything. Nothing at all. If she had, she would’ve told him, Jimmy knew, but he had enjoyed discovering what she didn’t know.
He finished his cigarette, one of hers actually, and crushed it out on the table top. He wore latex gloves on his hands. A plastic slip over suit covered his clothes. He put the butt in a plastic bag that also held the condoms he had used.
He walked back over to the table and Alice’s frightened eyes met his. Pleaded with him. He reached down and pushed the hair away from her eyes. Her mouth was gagged and wrapped with duct tape. She tried to talk as he walked around behind her.
“I’m sorry, Alice, I can’t understand you,” he said. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a switchblade and held it close to his leg. She was already familiar with the switchblade. “It’s time,” he told her. He bought the switchblade up and showed it to her. Her eyes seemed to bulge from their sockets, but before she could more than barely react he bought the knife down into her throat and ran it from side to side in one quick, practiced motion.
He watched her eyes as the light flickered and then went out. Finally he let her head go and walked away. He stripped off the gloves, the plastic suit, and stuffed it all in the black plastic bag. He lit one more cigarette and looked over his handiwork as he smoked. Perfect he thought. He finally crushed out the last cigarette, dropped the butt into the bag and walked away.
He wondered how soon they would find her, or if the birds and other wildlife would find her first. He would love to stick around and watch, but he had to be moving.
He thought about what Alice had told him about being April Evans lover. He could use that. He could use that when he caught up to April Evans. Now they both had something in common. They had both been Alice’s lover. He chuckled at the thought. He reached his car, climbed in and started it up. He picked up the cell phone and dialed Tommy’s number as he pulled out of the parking lot and passed the empty toll booths.
“It’s Jimmy,” he said when the phone was answered. “Here’s the license number of the vehicle were looking for.” He ran off the license number, make and model of the Jeep that David and April had purchased from Bob’s Easy Auto. He gave their names and descriptions, and then went into an explanation of what he believed had happened. Tommy assured him that he would have the vehicle looked for and let Jimmy know if it was spotted.
“They have the drugs. All of them. The cops have part of Carlos. I imagine the rest of him is at Neo’s… I’ll take care of that,” Jimmy told him.
“I’ll let Jefferson know about Carlos. I’m sure he’ll be happy. I’ll fill him in on the rest too… What else is there?” Tommy asked.
“Nothing for now,” Jimmy told him. “I’ll be in Liberty in a few hours. I’ll let you know later in the day what I find.” He hung up and concentrated on driving. A few miles down the road he called Vinny back.
“Yeah… I appreciate it… Tommy appreciates it… Listen, those two kids got a large amount of… Let’s say product on them. I’m talking huge, pounds. Up into the millions, high multiples of them… There can’t be too many people that could handle a buy like that, still… I thought you would… No… No… Yeah, keep your nose to the ground. Let me know… Tommy will be very generous… Thank you,” he hung up and concentrated on driving. He glanced down at his watch, almost 6:00 AM.
The sun was up and Don circled carefully round the picnic table looking down at Alice. The gulls had been at her, but only for a little while. The rest of the cuts and missing pieces had been done by somebody with a sharp knife.
He was still in shock. He had been at the trailer park; April’s trailer had held nothing: Missing clothes, same as David’s place, when he and Don had been called to respond to the public beach which was only 10 miles down the road. They had only told him that it might be his missing female. He and Sammy had made it in less than ten minutes.
He had been shocked when he had seen it was Alice tied to the table. And the torture marks on her body had been an even bigger shock. He had just left her at work a few hours before. How could it be her? A call to the young kid, her boss, had revealed that someone he believed to be another cop had walked her to his car shortly after Don and Sammy had left. He had gotten to the bottom of that, and the description, tall, short cropped black hair, the gray at the temples, hard looking, casual clothes, pullover sweater in a dark colored coat had hit home: The guy who had walked into the store. He had replayed it two dozen times and the guy’s description was now out on the radio. The car had been a gray sedan, and he had remembered the first three digits of the license plate number. It was the best he could do. The whole ID would get pushed statewide in a short while.
The techs arriving even now were shocked. It was a small area, crime happened, even murder, but not like this, not usually. They set about doing their jobs though. Don stepped back to where Sammy was, lit a cigarette and watched.
Sammy looked up at him.
“Sorry,” Don said. Without offering to snuff the cigarette.
“Don’t be,” Sammy said. “This shit keeps up, I might take up smoking again myself.” Sammy looked down at his watch. “Only seven. It’s going to be a long god damn day,” he said.
“Why would you tell them something like that?” Ronnie Lee asked.
“Listen,” Rich said. “It’s a couple of kids. The one kid used to work for me. Not the brightest…” He sighed “They have some shit that’s hot. I mean real hot. I don’t know where they came by it, but I know where it came from, and all those guys are dead. All you got to do is take it off their hands. Sell it, you and I split the profit,” he said.
“And how does that work. Take it off their hands? Steal it? Is that what you mean?” Ronnie Lee asked.
“Yeah, well, yeah, you’ll have to. I mean you deal on a big level. You’ve done some shit same as me… Don’t tell me you haven’t… Look, I’ll be blunt. I can send them right to you; right to you. They will walk right in to where ever you need them to walk in to. Put a bullet in both of their heads and dump them in the nearest swamp. Take the shit off their hands. It’s that simple, Ronnie lee. That simple,” Rich told him.
“You are crazy, Rich. You want me to kill a couple of kids for a few pounds a weed? A little coke? How much H? Even if it’s an ounce I’m not killing any one for it. Your fuckin’ crazy, Rich,” Ronnie Lee told him.
“Listen, goddamn it! Do you know who Tommy Murphy is? Huh? Or Jefferson Prescott? Eh? Names ring some bells? Those are the guys who got ripped off. I’m talking serious, large amounts of money. It’s out there that they want it back, and how much it is too. You just haven’t heard about it yet,” Rich said.
“And I don’t want to hear about it if they’re involved. It would be like stealing from them. They’ll send someone to take care of me. Make me dead. No fuckin’ thanks. How much, if it’s so much, how much? I know I wouldn’t touch it if it was a half million bucks. No fuckin’ way. No way. It wouldn’t be worth it,” Ronnie lee said over the phone.
Rich held the phone away from his ear. When Ronnie was done he spoke. “Neither would I. How much would you do it for Ronnie? How much?” Richard asked.
“Don’t be stupid, Rich. Don’t be.”
Rich cut him off. “How much? Just say it so I know where we’re at,” Rich said.
“I’m serious, man, you’re talking shit. Just bullshit,” Ronnie lee said. “I don’t know man… I guess I probably would do it for a half a mil.. That means a real mil. split between us,” he said at last.
“Fifteen to twenty” Rich said.
“Time?” Ronnie lee asked.
“No. I mean fifteen to twenty million dollars of product. Those two kids are carrying it around the fuckin’ country. Fuck the shit right out of half a mil. each. Do you think I’d fuck around with turning on Jefferson for any reason? I wouldn’t, so you know it’s got to be big. Fifty, fifty. Seven to ten mil. each,” Rich said. “It’s fucking incredible just to say it like that.”
“Yeah… Yeah, I’m down with that shit, man… Why didn’t you just say so, man? Holy fuck. Yeah… Yeah… Okay, what do I got to know?” Ronnie lee asked.
Rich laughed and began to explain the situation and describe David and April. He looked at his watch, 8:00 AM he saw. “They’ll be to you in about twenty five hours or so if they drive straight through,” he said. “I’ll let you know as I know.”
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A DRESS FOR JANEY
rode slowly watching the trail side. There wasn’t much to see in the moonlight,
but enough to follow if you knew where to look, and I did.
thing was, this fella was not no kind of careful anyways. And he was not no
horse man neither.
rubbed my geldings rump, patted a time, and silently promised him a little
extra rest time once we caught up to this fool sometime later in the night.
Johnson was a good horse. More used to plow than saddle, but circumstances
dictate those positions more’n I do. And this man I was trackin’ had dictated
tonight’s circumstances clear and straight.
turned Mister Johnson down a short chute of a canyon, keeping him to the side
so as not to mark the trail, and to keep his iron shoes from ringing out on the
stone. We come to a little stream that cut the canyon and I stopped, rolled
myself a smoke. I sat, hand cupped and smoked. Listening to the surrounding
this was a smart fella, no way would I have lit no smoke. But this was no smart
man at all. This, from what I could see, was a desperate man. Desperate or
dumb. Or, possibly, both. I’d know for sure before dawn.
finished the smoke, flipped it into the crik and went on my way again,
following the trail of my own other horse, Mizz Johnson.
had, had her as long as I had, had Mister Johnson. Truth be told I thought
Mister Johnson might be even more pissed off about the situation that I was. He
just didn’t know how to use a rope, if so I’m sure he’d a been out for a
worked my way sideways down a gully, leaving the actual trail behind me where
it out and did a loop back onto itself. The direction was clear enough, and he
was far enough ahead that I wouldn’t come up on him, and the shortcut would
save me time considerable.
had me a farm, a good woman and two boys old enough to help a little already. A
girl child who made me feel like crying ever time I looked at her. I don’t
figure how that is: That a girl child can do that, ‘cept I can see she will
have to live her life, and it’s a hard one, and I wisht better than what I got
to give her.
is men. The boys will grow up rough and tumble. That’s boys. That’s boys comin’
to be a man. But a girl child, seems to me, looks out at the world all pretty
and hope, and then the world sort of breaks her down. Sometimes fast, sometimes
seen that truth in the eyes of a whore down in Dodge several years back. A
young pretty whore, but resigned to be a whore. I’d paid my dollar and stayed
for a little conversation as it was a slow night. I don’t never want to see
that look in my Melissa’s eyes. But I can’t see that my Janey would ever let
her go down that path. We learn from our mistakes, we do: If we don’t we don’t
last long in this world.
made the trail and walked Mister Johnson on the up-slope at a steady pace. He
didn’t need much help or pointin’: I figured he could smell ol’ Mizz Johnson at
that point, and he was, as I said, a might upset himself.
was two days out from home. Me out from home meant that Janey had to do it all
with no help from no man. Plow what she could with that goddamn, son-of-a-bitch
mule we had. Be lucky if it didn’t kick her bad is what I’d be.
life don’t slow down for no horse thief. The kids got to be fed. The chicks fed
too. The cows milked. The other things a woman’s got to do. Cook, and clean,
what all. But she’s got to do all the things a man’s got to do as well. All
piled in there. No break at all. That was this life out here, how it had to be.
How it was.
caught the smell of fire and meat roastin’ on the air. Fresh, green wood. Not
much of a woodsman either, I opinioned. But, considering the horsemanship, the
theft itself and all of the rest of it, I’d say I was not too surprised. I
stopped, rolled another smoke, kept it cupped to hide the flame, didn’t worry
about the odor even though I was close now. The wind was at me after all, and
his own, smokey fire would hide all other smells if the wind did shift. Chances
were he had no idea of smells on the wind anyways.
let my eyes travel the sky, lookin’ and I spotted a few stray sparks as they
rose into the night sky not far away. All kinds of dumb. But I bet he
considered himself some sort of woodsman just because he could light that fire.
figure if they can build a fire they’s a woodsman. I laugh at that. I have
slept in snow banks and stayed warm. I tracked snowshoes in dead winter and got
them. I have been lived in the wild with just a knife for two months while I
was working out of the back country and my first horse dropped a leg in a
chuck-hole and I had to shoot him.
was green then. Used up one of my last four bullets on the horse, when I
could’a used the knife and saved that bullet. Packed some out with me, dried
over the fire, and et better those two months. I was young, dumb and life to
come. And for me I was goddamn lucky to have lived through it that time. But,
as I done said the one time, you learn or you die. Life, it don’t forgive a lot
finished the smoke, crushed it out between my thumb and forefinger, then angled
Mister Johnson down toward the fire I’d seen. I could be, maybe, cocky and ride
right up on him, but I don’t like to misjudge. I tied Mister Johnson to a tree
to keep him out of it in case there was gun-play, which I intended there might
be. I’d just have to hope there were none that got Mister Johnson. But he’d
fare better hidden away. A man will always try in shoot a man’s horse at first
sight if he can.
walked the last hundred or so yards into his camp. My old sprung boots was so
mushy and soft they was like walkin’ in Indian mocs anyhow. He never heard me
had a chuck spitted over the fire, and probably ever cat, wolf, bear and wild
dog for two miles around was sniffing on the air. He was stupid alright. I’d
seen some green eyes, and two sets of red eyes as I had made my way into his
sat before the fire. A fat man: I’d knowed that from the depth of the hoof
print though. And a stupid man just as I had guessed, as he had allowed me to
walk right up to him, too busy tryin’ to twist the cap off’n a store bought
bottle of whiskey he’d got from somewhere.
decided on the spot to save the bullet: Put my gun away and pulled the rope
that I had bought with me free from my shoulder. If a man ever works with
cattle, branding, he don’t forget how to rope. And, as a younger man, I done my
share of that. I had him in on one toss, and cinched it tight as I walked up on
him face to face like.
he says, but me, I go about my business. I got me a limb picked out. We wrestle
a little while I drag him to the limb, shift that rope quick like to his neck,
and haul him up. He don’t say nothin’ after ‘Hey’, he tries to though.
think hanging a man is easy. And, it can at times be easy, but this wasn’t no
easy time: This was one a them hard times. A fat man, a thick neck, and me
being plain tired out. He kicked and thrashed for all of ten minutes before he
slowed. Me hanging on the end of that rope to keep him stretched, but I could
not get him to swinging. And then, me being tired as I was, I looped that rope
around Mizz Johnson’s saddle horn, the dumb bastard didn’t know enough to take
a saddle off’n a horse, and walked her a bit to get him swinging free. Goddamn
if he didn’t kick some more at that. I waited ten more minutes, ticked ’em off
on my Elgin. I seen men come back if they neck ain’t broke, and I was sure it
let him down after that time, rope don’t come cheap to me, and left him laying
there for the coyotes, wolves, bear and cats the damn fool had called down. Fat
man might not be their favorite, but when times is tough it will do I’d bet.
gathered up Mizz Johnson, went back and got Mister Johnson. They was happy to
see each other. Blowing and touching noses to necks.
fat man had two pair a saddle bags. The first had a food store, no surprise
there, except why he’d been about to eat chuck when he had bacon. The second
was a surprise: Gold, and not a little. I will tell you it was enough to sit me
right down there by the fire to look it over.
can count, but there’s a limit. What I knowed, I did, and then I had reached
the limit and there was a long ways to go yet. A very long ways. And the
trouble was I did not know for absolute what each piece was worth. Coin,
stamped, but I could not read none. I could only say there was five times
of counting to one hundred and a way to
go after that.
could read and write too. And she could cypher figures a sight farther than I
could when it come to that. Whoring had taught her that. No whore could afford
to get cheated.
looked at it there in the moonlight for a piece, then put it all back in the
saddlebags except a few pieces I kept for my pocket. Janey could count it;
whatever it was we were a huge sight better off than we had been. It almost
made me want to thank the fat man. I didn’t though. He stole my horse and he
got what a horse thief is supposed to get.
tied Mizz Johnson to the saddle horn of old Mister Johnson’s saddle by a longish
lead and we rode out of there. I did put that fire out before we left. I left
the chuck where it was, dug me out a piece of jerky my own Janey had made. I
chewed thoughtful, thinking about the money as I rode. I was gonna stop at
Abilene, which was on the way, and buy Janey a dress. She’d always had such
pretty dresses when I’d met her, but times being as they was there weren’t no
money for pretty dresses.
smiled to myself thinkin’ about Janey’s eyes when she saw a new dress or two
and then a saddlebag full a gold pieces. It made me feel good inside. I looked
up at the moon, sent a prayer to God above up there somewhere, turned Mister
Johnson for the next ridge and headed towards Abilene.
The smell of hot metal filled the air. David looked to the car on the cement pad first: The trunk had popped and all manner of stuff that had been inside now lay scattered across the ground. Hot oil and antifreeze dripped from under the hood and onto the concrete. The front roof line was smashed flat to the top of the driver’s seats. The backseat area seemed untouched.
He slipped around the end of the trailer and looked at the other car. A newer Ford: He could see the badge on the rear deck. The front end of the car was wrapped around the oak in the backyard just as he had thought and steam was rising up into the air. The Ford first, he decided. The car across the road would have to wait.
The Ford had hit the tree and climbed it a few feet before it came to a complete stop. David had to stand on tip toe to peer into it. The driver had no head left, which explained the huge stain on the windshield. He was past dead, he was dead bad. There was no passenger. Looking out from the inside it was not just red, but gray and black too: Bone, hair and brain matter. His stomach did a quick flip and he began to close his eyes as he turned away.
As he turned his eyes caught on the floorboard and a blue duffel bag that was jammed into the space with the drivers legs. There was no way that the door was going to open, but the glass was gone from the window. He balanced over the edge of the door trying to stay as far away as he could from the dead man as he did, leaned in and tried to snag the duffel bag. His fingers brushed the two plastic handles, but he could not get a grip on them.
David levered himself further over the window sill and nearly came down into the dead man’s lap as he lost his balance and his feet left the ground. His hand shot down quickly, bounced off the dead man’s thigh and hit the seat, stopping him just a few inches above the man’s lap and a small splattering of bone and blood that was there. His hand slipped, but he pressed down harder and held himself.
He could feel the slick blood and splinters of bone under his hand, but he pushed the knowledge out of his mind, took a deep breath, braced himself and then reached down with his free hand and snatched the handles pulling the heavy bag free.
A chance early morning crash on a dead end road turns into a chase across America, as two kids try to outrun the mob, hit men, the cops and everyone else, and somehow hang on to the stolen money and drugs in their possession…
White Trash: The smell of hot metal filled the air. David looked to the car on the cement pad first: Hot oil and antifreeze dripped from under the hood and onto the concrete. The front roof line was smashed flat to the top of the driver’s seats.
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