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.
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