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RELENTLESS – D.S. FACTOR
Meredith’s body lay silent amid a growing splash of red. Abi breathed deeply and exhaled just as deep, feeling herself quake with a bout of what was either nervous energy or an approaching wave of panic.
After taking a moment to steel her nerves and scooping up the Beretta from the floor, she exited the lighthouse through her original point of entry, suddenly recalling that the woman had not been alone in the chase.
Skidding back onto CR-27, Abi picked up speed as she slid her cell from her zipped coat pocket and began to dial 9-1-1. Realizing she’d be unable to block the displayed name and number from the operator, she pulled the truck into a convenience store, careful to park in back where the vehicle was less likely to be seen or remembered.
Reminding herself mentally that she has no reason to appear nervous, Abi casually pulled a burner phone from the kiosk inside the door, paying the associate with cash from the wallet inside her windbreaker, and exited the store.
“9-1-1. Where’s your emergency?”
“I need an ambulance right away at the lighthouse off 27. There’s been a shooting.”
“Got your location. Stay on the line, and we’ll have someone to you ASAP.”
Abi lowered the cell from her ear, glanced briefly at the screen, and pressed the END button.
The ATM pulled the plastic into itself, and Abi was greeted by a voice that sounded like an odd cross between Keira Knightly and the Super Nanny.
“Welcome to Merchant’s National Bank. Please enter your secret number…” the lilting voice suggested. Abi entered her four-digit pin number, and pressed the enter button. After selecting “English”, the screen displayed options for withdrawal, account balance and information lookup, bill payment and deposits. Abi selected “withdrawal” and waited as the machine processed her request. After initially displaying the selected screen, the monitor flashed momentarily before returning with the message “We are unable to access your account at this time. Please try again later.”
After the obligatory repeated attempts, Abi switched out cards and ATM machines a few miles down the road. After displaying the “try again” message, the ATM followed up with “For the safety of your personal account information, we have locked your accounts. Please visit your nearest branch office for reactivation.”
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