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This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. To read a compilation of all snippets posted for this story, click Here: Emmily Unbound, Chapters 1 & 2 Emmily, the main character, has lost pretty much everything in the last twelve months: her marriage, her parents, her job, and her house. She and her dog, Murphy, have moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania into an old, remote, hunting camp her parents willed to her. On her first day there, along a desolate road she's been forced at gunpoint to haul a wounded man to her house. She's doubting what she's seeing.
“And I need to get things out of the car. Food. To eat.” I don’t know why I do it, but I motion with my hand like I’m scooping air into my mouth and chewing.
He shakes his head and again says, “I need help… now.”
"If I don’t get the food out of the car, it will spoil and then we,” and I enunciate the word ‘we’ as I point to all of us, “will have nothing to eat.”
What is wrong with me? I could die in the next five minutes and I’m arguing over saving a jug of milk and a pound of bacon? Maybe he’s not planning on me being around to cook for them?
Assumptions do a lot more than make asses out of people. I tell myself in my most scolding mental voice that assuming things can kill when you’re being held at gunpoint. Even maybe-fake-ray-gunpoint.
That's the snippet. A few more lines if you're interested...
I swallow and try not to think about how hard my heart is beating. I hope I don’t get sick. There’s a lot of blood.
He looks up at me, away from the small box in his hand, and asks in halting English, “Do you have bandage, a…thread? Something to kill…to clean with? Heat? Clean cloth?”
He's struggling with words. English is not his native language. I volunteer, “I have a first aid kit. It’s still in a box. I’ll have to find it.”
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