LOLA HORNOF - SHORT - STORIES
Lola enjoys writing about things close to her heart. She loves to reads especially crime and psychological thrillers. Lola also loves to garden and the sound of rain on the rooftops. She enjoys spending time with her fiance and going on long walks in the woods.
The wind blew as the multi-colored leaves flew around her feet and the streets. She wrapped her coat around her as the cold cut through her like a knife. Walking fast, she had to be on time because this was her only chance of escape. It was time to run away to a better future. Inner strength and independence were her major driving attributes. Any future had to be better than the life she was living now. A life of fear, uncertainty, and no hope.
Her ride would be at the meeting point in less than an hour, so she picked up the pace and moved quickly through the cold night air. All she could carry was a backpack and a small bag. Erica had left a lot of stuff behind but it symbolized to her the end of a horrible chapter in her life. Through her own will and determination, her future was going to be the best she could ever dream of.
The chilling breeze blew through her hair as she moved briskly down the sidewalk. Erica had to be at the meeting point on time. As she walked, thoughts ran through her mind. How did it get this bad she asked herself. How could her own family abuse her so much? Why was she not worthy of their love? Being alone on the streets was the best option compared to being at that house one more day.
Erica made it to the dimly lit parking lot where she was meeting her getaway ride. Did her family know she was gone? Paranoid thoughts ran through her head as she anxiously looked around for any signs of them. In her mind, she knew they were sleeping off their stupors. Her father had passed out drunk after a night at the bar and coming home to beat on Erica. Her mother was high and passed out on the Heroin she has ingested. They would not know she was gone until she was far away from them. Erica’s home was the un-safest place she knew of.
Finally, as the moon shown bright, her ride came. Erica jumped into the passenger’s seat and let out a sigh of relief. They sped off into the night. She was starting a new life ready to fulfill her dreams that her family said she would never achieve. Finally Erica felt free and happy. She was filled with hope, finally her life was beginning over and going to be so much better.
Darkness surrounded her
The darkness surrounds her and engulfed her as she ran. He, as he called himself (his name was never spoken), was after her. He called her name but was mostly silent. He had taken her from a poorly lit parking lot of a convenience store, using a knife to force her into his van. The knife had been cutting into her throat.
OH Jessie you have to find a place to hide somewhere in the dark she told herself. There were no moon or stars to guide her was, just sheer darkness. He heart raced and her breathing grew heavy. He had brought her to these woods in the van and he had no idea where she was. He let her out of the trunk and said run I am going to hunt you. She took off running.
As he hunted her, his the twigs and leaves never crackled under his feet like they did hers. Jessie had no idea where he was or where to hide. The night surrounded her and she was terrified. She had no idea which way to go. Suddenly she heard a gun shot in the distance. Jessie took all of her strength and started running the opposite way of the gun shot. She ran and then fell into a deep ditch.
Jessie was injured but the ditch was deep and the perfect hiding place. Jessie had stumbled upon a way to save her from death. She quickly scavenged all the leaves, twigs, and tree branches she could find. These were gifts from the forest. Nature was her savior now, hiding her and keeping her alive. Jessie laid down in the ditch and covered herself with all the debris. Her heart started racing as she heard footsteps and her breathing became erratic. They stopped at the edge of the ditch. He shot off another round from his shotgun. He waited to see if her heard her anywhere. He quickly moved past the ditch and moved further into the woods.
Jessie laid there for two days out of fear that he would come back. Her breathing and heart rate were slowly calming down. She finally made it out of the woods.
The evening was dark as she made her way down the road to town. Ashley knew what she had to do today. Being a housewife in a terrible situation, she knew she had to abandon the life she had. The feelings of being trapped were overwhelming.
Her desperation to get out was killing her soul. She had ran out of options in this town of nothing. He was all in alone.
Following her dreams she fastened her pace down the road to freedom. She had no idea where she was going but she had to get away.
Her only other option was staying and him killing her.
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