A Better Life – 3


A Better Life

A Better Life – 2

A Better Life – 3

Exiting the flash of overwhelming light, Jack hurried out of the rancid alley. He walked past a UPS driver who removed packages from his brown truck.

Jack stepped into the vehicle and turned the ignition.

“Hey, that’s my truck.”

Flooring the accelerator, he navigated the van through heavy traffic. “Come on. Get out of the way.”

Glancing into the rearview mirror, he noticed packages fall out the open back door, leaving a long trail. Two minutes later, he steered the truck up the stairs leading to the entrance. He had no concern for his own safety.

Jack raced out of the truck into the elementary school. Arriving at the security desk, he found the pudgy guard with two bullet wounds in his chest.

A loud pop sent arctic chills up his spine.

Around the corner he discovered the lone gunman stepping over the sprawled principal; reaching for the door to her classroom.

Running as fast as he could, Jack hurled his body at the crazed killer. They crashed to the floor. Wrestling for control of the weapon, several shots rang out.

Jack banged the gunman’s hand against the floor. The weapon fired before coming loose. Still struggling with the assassin, he kicked the gun.

It slid along the polished floor.

The sounds of loud footsteps approaching advised him the police had arrived.

Breaking free, Jack staggered. He slipped into an empty classroom as the gunman hurried after his weapon.

Several shots rang out. The murderer cried out.

Pressing a button on a black wrist band, a flash of brightness appeared. Relieved, he stepped through the time portal.

Entering the lab, Jack found Josephine and his assistant Scott waiting for him. He relaxed, mission accomplished.

A bout of dizziness sent him falling onto his back.

Gazing at his hand which pressed against his trembling abdomen, he noticed the blood stain on his white shirt growing like a spilled glass of wine on a table cloth.

“Scott, call 911.” Josephine rushed to his side.

Staring into her loving eyes, Jack opened his mouth to speak.

Everything turned black.


To be continued.

Photo taken from Google Images.



188 thoughts on “A Better Life – 3

        • Don’t know how much you know about novel writing. I am plotting this story on paper. The character’s backstory, the secondary characters, theme, time period. I think it works better if it were twnety or thirty years in the future. Hope to serious start work on it by the summer. Sorry, if these details are boring you. I am kind of nerdy when it comes to novel/screenwriting. Thanks for your support.

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              • A hack? I don’t know. I have some huge stories that could be novels with some (lots of) work, but I’ve always felt like I don’t know what I’m doing or I’m not “doing it right” whatever that means. And maybe that’s crazy because there are tons of ways to do it (write a novel, I mean 😛 ). And the poetry… I think I’ve become quite good at it but I never really identified myself as a poet since I really haven’t been writing it for very long.

                So yeah… I’m a hack. 😀

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                • Funny, there are more poetry posts than anything else on my blog, yet I still don’t identify myself as a poet. I am a novelist screen writer. Sandra when you are serious about the novel writing talk to me. I will help you along the way. But please be aware it is a giant commitment. And you’re not a hack.

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                  • Thank you… I have always dreamt of writing a novel but (please don’t yell at me) I never thought anything I’d written would ever be good enough — even once I started getting feedback from people who really liked my work. I think I write well but my stories (longer ones) would probably be boring to anyone but me. And if you remember that super old blog post of mine we were taking about recently, I also have a problem letting go and ending stories…

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  1. So are you saying you’re in favor of protecting the second amendment or favor legislation supporting gun control?

    Love the non stop action. You keep the story moving at a very fast pace. Looking forward to his “awakening.”

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