Somewhere between here and nowhere

I made it as far as Topeka before my cash ran out. Jumping off the bus in the darkness of this place wasn’t my idea of a life lived free but for now it would do. I glanced at the map beneath a street light, tattered and greasy from use, suddenly feeling like Columbus on a flat world, the crease and drop off a bit farther from where I currently stood.

I found a bench in front of a window with one of those cheap closed signs hanging off kilter, no hours posted but the place was dark. The smell of grease seemed to ooze from somewhere within the dingy windows and assaulted my nostrils in the night cooled air. A breeze picked up, the sound of metal coming towards me as a crunched can tumbled down the street. I sat my bag down and stood up to retrieve the can, my good girl sense of not littering never far. Lifting it with two fingers, stale beer dripped onto the still warm pavement, ย I lifted the lid to a nearby trash can to throw the offending article away. In the light I could see the white rice on the lid moving slowly, realizing they were maggots and were everywhere, unhinging my gag reflex as I slipped the can into the darkness of the plastic tub, the smell of death and decay slammed me full value in the nose and I felt my granola bar I had eaten on the bus, rise to the surface of my throat. “Good God, what the hell is in there?” I retched next to the can and as I stood up, saw a hand laying next to the beer can I had tossed in. I leaned over and threw up anything else that had been left in my stomach, wiping my face with my arm, reached for my cell phone. I dialed as my hand shook and finally took a breath when a pleasant voice greeted my ears. “Topeka emergency services, what can I help you with today” and as I looked back to the trash can, frantically trying to compose my thoughts, a shadow moved from the side of the diner and it was then I found my lost voice and screamed.

To be continued…….

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32 thoughts on “Somewhere between here and nowhere

  1. Eh, I can handle my share of suspense, it’s just not what I reach for first in writing. You’re so welcome. I am sure the next installment will be intense too.

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  2. It was one of those that came from nowhere, not the direction I had planned…just went with the flow and this is where we’re at ….can’t wait to see what I come up with next๐Ÿ˜Š thanks Tre, I know you’re not a big suspense fan and it won’t be gory throughout….๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Why, do they let you see through walls and clothing? Haha, in a funny mood today, happy funny of course, I’m so happy for you my friend๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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  4. Thank you Sheldon, I need to figure that out….this one was just a stream of consciousness tale, now I’ll have to open up the Pandora box and see what I can dig out๐Ÿ˜Š hope you’re well, miss ya my friend. Peace and love, K๐Ÿ’•

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  5. Really….not my normal forte at all so I’m interested to see what the sick mind invents next…good, bad or creepy๐Ÿ˜Š thanks Lady G๐Ÿ’•

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  6. Thanks Sue, hubby even liked it…and that’s saying a lot, glad you enjoyed, a stream of story off the head, will see how it plays out๐Ÿ˜Š I’m glad you liked it…no retching allowed๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. Wow… you certainly can hold the readers attention as I gripped hold of the edges of the laptop ๐Ÿ™‚ and almost wrenched with you.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Excellent piece of story telling Kim.. Well done.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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