7. Unscathed

"Nooo!"Aja swung around at the base of the stairs to an explosion of red, the ear-piercing sounds of rapid gunfire, and a mute visual of her sister Lilly mouthing "Run!""Run Aja! RUN!" was the last thing she heard before seeing the open end of a pistol pointed down…

6. Darts

Nooo!"Aja swung around at the base of the stairs to an explosion of red, the ear-piercing sounds of rapid gunfire, and a mute visual of her sister Lilly mouthing "Run!"Lilly followed her sister's movement on the level below knowing the plan of action perhaps even before Aja did.…

5. Flat

All six piled into the elevator, and the massive door closed behind them. To say the elevator wasn’t much too look at would have been a lie. The walls were lined with mahogany paneling while the floor was marble tile. There were no buttons a traditional elevator would have…

4. Travelport

The van sped off from the end of the alley heading west with five kids in their seats remaining quiet as the driver did his job. There was no high-speed chase happening. It was just a drive.Aja looked back at her siblings, not a hint of worry. The fact…

3. Concave

Gary, feeling a hand on his shoulder, stepped back from the door. Lloyd Newman moved Gary out-of-the-way to look through the hole. He stepped back a few inches, “Shit!” he whispered to himself.Knock, knock, knock!“Mr. Parker? Is Everything alright?” said Agent Darren McCarty.Lloyd stepped back from the…

2. No Brimstone

The sky in Houston was gorgeous with only a few clouds and a temperature that made it comfortable to wear shorts without sweating. Aja was standing with her parents, sisters, and brother in the uncommonly high-ceiling foyer of the downtown Houston Public Library. She’d just picked up a few…

1. Decision

Gary, we can't keep them here,” said Tricia Parker in a hurried whisper. “We're harboring fugitives.” She took a long drag from her Pall Mall cigarette and released the thick smoke into the already stale air, “Meredith said she has a friend who heard of a couple who just got…

0. An Incident (Part II)

She just told the zero operator she escaped a bank robbery… f—“ Jasper let out an exaggerated sigh, “she told ‘em there were hostages.” He pulled back his mind from the 000 operator’s phone servers and opened his eyes. “How much longer?”“I’ve got,” John paused grunting while…

0. An Incident (Part I)

Nobody paid attention to the two men walking into Commonly Bank’s tall glass building in the middle of Melbourne save for a few people at the door walking out. The lobby on the ground floor had recently been redecorated with faux dark wood and modern looking seating areas trying…