Progression #116

Chapter Sixteen – “Departure” — Part Twenty-Seven of Forty-One

progression number one hundred sixteen To be continued…

Original writing & photography by J. E. Lattimer

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“Well, I did not mean to bring all of that up again.” Jack said.

“It’s okay. Oh, and since you mentioned sunglasses- Your old pair is still in the glove box.”

“You’re kidding me.”

“I nearly took them out a few times, but always ended up putting them back in there. Guess I just wanted to leave a little trace of you in the car.”

Jack found the sunglasses and put them on. He pulled a cigarette out of his pack and quietly placed a flame to it.

So far, so good. He thought.

Progression #115

Chapter Sixteen – “Departure” — Part Twenty-Six of Forty-One

progression number one hundredfifteen To be continued…

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Charlotte drove the car out of the parking lot and onto the street without incident. Jack was next to her in the front passenger seat checking the mirrors and looking in all directions while holding the knife.

“You can probably put that thing away now.” Charlotte said.

“Of course, sorry.” Jack folded the blade into the handle. “I was so sure that more of those things were going to be waiting for us by the car. I was all geared up for another battle… But nothing happened.”

“They are screwing with our minds, now. Watching us, listening, trying to figure out where we’re going.” Charlotte said. “They will throw something else at us soon enough. Impossible to predict what it will be, but it is likely to be far more devastating than three Sentries.” She pulled the car up to a stop sign and waited for a white van to pass by before turning left.

“Where are we going?” Jack said.

Charlotte hesitated, unsure of whether or not she should say anything inside of the car- Then she reminded herself that all of their movements were tracked regardless. 

“I am going to attempt to get us out of the city. We are going to try to lose them on the network of dirt and gravel roads in the country. Doubt it will work, but how does one run when everything is being monitored?”

Jack shrugged. “I like your sunglasses.” He said.

“I would hope so- You gave them to me about a month before you died.”

Progression #110

Chapter Sixteen – “Departure” — Part Twenty-One of Forty-One

progression number one hundred ten To be continued…

Original writing & photography by J. E. Lattimer

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“These people cannot help it, Jack! The constant bombardment of the additives in the food and water coupled with the rampant brainwashing by the media has left them spinning in circles! Most of them are no longer able to get angry!” Charlotte said as she raced to keep up with her husband.

“You’re right, of course.” He said. “I have been brought here to stop this- I do not believe in blaming a victim when a crime is committed.” He stopped walking at the corner of the building and waited for her. “But how have you managed to keep your wits about you this whole time, Char?”

“You taught me well.”

Jack smiled and turned the corner to cross the lot toward where the car was parked. He stopped after only a few steps and nearly dropped the cat carrier out of shock.

“What the hell- I don’t understand!” He said as he looked upon the site where they had waged war against the three Sentries. The remains of the robots had disappeared completely from the scene. Even the decapitated head that he had crushed under his boot like an empty soda can was nowhere to be found. 

“Gone! We were only upstairs for ten minutes and they have vanished!” He looked in all directions- Expecting to see one of the robots peeking out from behind a parked car- But finding no trace of them.

“What were you saying about their technological capabilities, again?” Charlotte said.

“Not funny.”

“Come on, let’s get out of here.”