Bugout Part 26 – On the Run

Bob:

Another episode of Bugout! from the story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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Jerry, the Sheriff, and Major Hobbs looked down at the fresh tire tracks, and the spots of blood next to them.

“Well, It’s pretty obvious at least one man escaped that fire fight,” Major Hobbs said.

“Let’s follow the tracks to the highway. Maybe we can tell what direction they took off,” Jerry said.

The other two men nodded, and they followed Jerry as he tracked the fresh tread marks. They could follow them plainly all the way to the road.

“Looks like they turned left,” Jerry said, looking at the Sheriff. “What’s off to the left?”

“A few ranches, and then wilderness for a lot of miles,” the Sheriff said. “If they are going that way very far, they’d be way north.”

“So if we’re lucky, whoever escaped didn’t really know where they were going. If the driver was wounded badly, we may find him up the highway,” Jerry…

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Bugout Part 25 – The Cavalry Arrives

Bob:

The next chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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The four soldiers that got out of the back of the Humvee stood around the vehicle with their weapons in their hands, keeping an eye on the crowd. The two officers were up on the veranda of the clubhouse.

“I asked who was in charge here?” the officer asked. He had a surly manner.

“I’m the owner of the park, sir,” Hilda said. “But we don’t have anyone formally in charge.”

“That’s going to change,” he said.

“Actually, no it’s not,” Jerry said, stepping up. “We have information for you guys. We’ll give it to you, and then you will be leaving us alone. This is still a free country, and we aren’t under martial law here.”

“And who are you?” asked the officer.

“A citizen, and a Marine,” Jerry said. “My name is Jerry. Who are you?”

“Lieutenant James,” the officer said. He was starting to calm down. “Where…

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Bugout Part 24 – Unlikely Partners

Bob:

Here’s another chapter of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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There were two more shots after Sheriff Brown ran out the door of the clubhouse. Jerry jumped off of his seat and ran to the window.

“Jerry, don’t go by the window,” shouted Jasmine. He got down and peered over the window sill. Frank started to get up. Jane shook her head no. Cynthia and Hilda were both sitting, looking at the open door, afraid to move a muscle.

After a few minutes, the Sheriff came trotting back in. He was breathing hard.

“Hilda, did you guys post somebody in one of Jer’s old deer blinds?”

“We were going to start doing that. Even have a schedule in the works, but we didn’t start it last night,” she said.

“Jeb,” Jane said. “Remember, he wanted to hang out up there and have a couple of drinks?”

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Bugout Part 23 – The Two Militias

Bob:

Chapter 23 of Bugout! from my story blog.

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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“You think somebody screwed up the radio on purpose?” asked Frank.

Jerry looked at him, and then glanced over at the bedroom door, as it slid open and Jane walked out. Then he looked back at Frank.

“Oh, I know somebody did it on purpose. They removed two diodes.”

“Oh Oh, what happened?” asked Jane as she walked over.

“Somebody disabled the radio on purpose,” Frank said. “Is it fixable?”

“Already fixed,” Jerry said. “I always carry around spare electronic parts in case something in the coach craps out. I didn’t have the exact same parts, but close enough. It works now.”

The three of them were silent for a few minutes.

“Who else knows?” asked Jane.

“You two and Jasmine,” Jerry said. “Rosie was already asleep.”

“So who could have done this?” Jane asked.

“Well, let’s think it through,” Frank said. “Who wasn’t at the Happy Hour last night?”

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