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Chapter Five Hundred and Ninety-one : Frustration (part four)


(part four)

Thursday midday — 12:15 p.m.

Jacob was running down a mountain path. His yellow Labrador, Sarah, was off leash and running a foot or so ahead of him. The hill was steep and rocky so they weren’t going very fast. He was practicing sucking in his breath so that he could increase his oxygen uptake.

The entire practice made him feel like a fish out of water.

Ahead of him, they reached the boulder field where large granite boulders caused the trail to zip zag. Jacob was sucking in air when he reached the first boulder.

He thought something flashed across the boulder. He shook his head. It must have been some factor of this ridiculous breathing exercise.

He looked ahead to the next boulder. There was something … some thing? It was …

He stopped short in front of the boulder.

That was Katy and her friend, Paddie.

Sarah circle back to where he’d stopped. She barked at the image.

Jacob touched his ear.

“I can’t hear,” Jacob said, evenly.

“Do you think we’ll go home again?” Paddie asked.

His voice blasted as if he was using a megaphone.

“Too loud,” Jacob said to whatever was making this happen.

“Do you think we’ll go home again?” Paddie asked.

“Ever?” Katy asked.

Paddie thought for a moment and nodded.

“I think that we’re on the Isle of Man,” Katy said. “Where Fin lives. Auntie Tanesha will tell Fin and they will come to rescue us.”

“Even though we’re back in time?” Paddie asked.

Katy had no idea if they would be found so she didn’t say anything. The children held onto each other and waited for whatever was next.

“Fuck,” Jacob said under his breath.

Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…

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