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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.”

“He didn’t say it over a…

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Bugout Part 90 – Icons Galore

Bob:

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

Originally posted on Scagsdale's Tales:

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Jerry fired up his big diesel pusher as Frank, Jane, and Jasmine stowed all of the equipment. Jeb fired up his jeep. He turned on the hunting lights…they were connected to the roll bar. They made the road in front of them almost as bright as daylight.

“Wow, look at that,” Frank said. “We’ll be able to see just fine.”

“He’s pulling away,” Jerry said. “You guys all ready?”

“Yeah, let’s go,” Jasmine said. She got into the passenger seat. “I’ll watch for low branches and what not.”

“Good, you’ve got the best eyes here,” Jerry said.

They moved along slowly. Each time there was a big dip, they knew ahead of time, because the lights of Jeb’s jeep would bounce all over the place. Most of the road was covered with worn out asphalt, but there were a few stretches that were dirt.

“Here comes the creek,” Jasmine said…

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