Bugout Part 95 – Flight from Denver

Bob:

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

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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“This road isn’t that much better than the one we were on last night,” Jane said, gripping her arm rests.

“Oh, I think it’s a lot better,” Frank said. “At least none of it’s dirt, and it’s not dark out either.”

“Well, I think I’ll wait until it gets flat and straight before I start driving,” she said. “If you don’t mind.”

“I don’t mind at all,” he said, laughing. “I could use some coffee, though.”

“That coffee pod stuff going to taste good enough after the French press this morning?”

“It’ll be good enough,” Frank said. “When you’re camping, any coffee tastes good.”

“Baloney,” she said, laughing. “Romantic nonsense.”

“Well, it sounds good, anyway.”

“Alright, I’ll get the coffee machine cranking pretty soon, sweetie. Let’s see if the road gets straighter, though. I’ll probably fall on my ass trying to walk back there on this stretch.”

Mr. Wonderful sauntered…

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Bugout Part 94 – Aspen Morning

Bob:

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

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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Frank woke up, startled. He was in a cold sweat. It was a bad nightmare. The enemy had Jane, and they were about to start torturing her right in front of him. His heart was still pounding. He quietly got out of bed and looked at his cellphone. It was 4:45. He wasn’t tired, but then they were in bed before 10:00 last night. He got dressed as quietly as he could, and slipped out of the bedroom, as Jane snored softly. Lucy was on him as soon as he got through the door, her nails clicking on the floor, her tail wagging.

“It’s too early, girl,” he whispered. “Settle down.” He switched on one of the small LED lights, picked up the iPad, and turned it on. The LTE caught quickly, and he loaded his long range app. The only change from the previous night was at the bridge…

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Bugout Part 93 – Barreling Down the Back Road

Bob:

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

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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The road was getting harder to drive, especially in the dark. Tight switchbacks, thin sections, and steep grades, both uphill and downhill.

“What the hell road is this, anyway?” Frank asked.

“I don’t know,” Jane said, looking at her phone. “It’s not maintained very well. It was a smart way to go, though. Got to hand it to Gabe…he knew which way to lead us, even if this road isn’t fun to drive in the dark. It’ll get us onto route 82 going east. We can take that to route 24 going south. We’ll be way south of Leadville that way, and then route 24 cuts off straight to the east.”

“We almost to Aspen?”

“Yeah, it should be right over that next grade. I think I can see the glow already…look.”

“I see it,” Frank said. “No cretins showing up on the Long Range app?”

“Not a one, and…

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Bugout Part 92 – There’s No Place Like Home

Bob:

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

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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“General Hogan! Great to hear from you. So glad you were able to get away.”

“It was close, that’s for sure,” he replied. “Don’t tell me where you are, or what you’ve been doing. Not on this line, anyway.”

“Understood.”

“The bridge.”

“Yes, the bridge.”

“Don’t know if it was you guys or not, but that saved your lives and ours. There was a large force on the way. You just stay put. Like I did.”

“Good advice.”

“I’ll come for a visit soon, and we’ll talk.”

“Great.”

“There’s no place like home.”

“True. Can’t wait to get there.”

“Me neither. Talk to you later.”

“Bye.”

Frank put his phone back in his pocket.

“That was General Hogan?”

“Yes, that’s what he said. Sounded like him. He’s in the woodwork around here somewhere.”

“Why’d he call?”

“He called to tell us where to go.”

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