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RELENTLESS – D.S. FACTOR
The dark expanse of the lake rose from the east as the Ford crested a hill and arced to the left. Further down the shore, Abi could just make out the outline of Saylorwell Lighthouse, as well as the lake’s outlet to the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the windows being tightly rolled up, a pungent, briny scent filled the cab’s interior. Eyeing the rearview mirror, she was pleased that her knowledge of the area had blessed her with a slightly growing lead over the SUV, and she pounded the gas to take advantage of it.
Although her father’s pickup was somewhat senescent, his constant care and almost loving upkeep served to ensure that the race could still be a winnable one. Virtually flying down the county road, Abi approached the Pennae Prisciae Covered Bridge, soaring across the old trusses as if she had suddenly sprouted wings. Forcing a hard turn to her right, she guided the truck through several hairpin turns along the lake’s rugged and craggy coastline, watching as the lighthouse began to take on solid shape from within the formerly haunting fog.
A current of excitement made its way down Abi’s spine as she began to believe the worst was behind her. A gentle curve guided the Ford down a slope towards town, and there was no sign of the Tahoe in the rear-view mirror. The feel of the Glock in her hand only deepened her growing sense of safety.
A small forest lined each side of the road bordering the lake, and upon entering this area, the dark night sky transformed itself into an even darker shade of ebony. Picking up speed, Abi cruised down the hill and began winding her way nearly to the edge of town, the only noticeable sign of life being the headlights of a lone vehicle coming toward her at a steady clip itself from a mile or more away. Surely that can’t be them? she thought momentarily before scoffing and dismissing the thought. The storm clouds had vanished and the rain had abruptly ceased in the past hour without Abi even taking note of the change. Odd how staying alive can make you oblivious to the most mundane of everyday occurrences, she contemplated to herself, punching the accelerator to the floor.
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