Melanie’s heart pounded in her ears. She was sure that it could
be heard in the quiet night air.
I’ve done this a dozen times, she thought, of course everyone was
Staring at the lit windows, Melanie motioned behind her.
Shadows broke from behind trees and bushes darting to the backyard.
Melanie took a deep breath, grabbed a roll of toilet paper and tossed
one end into the tree above her. It draped over one limb and another
before falling to the ground with a thud. Melanie snatched up another
roll and tossed it into the branches of a smaller tree. It didn’t cover
nearly as many limbs. She grabbed the roll and began to wrap it around
the trunk of the tree. Her heart beat faster. Just a few more rolls and
we’ll be done.
“Car!” a loud whisper came from the darkness.
Melanie and the others dropped to the ground. Did they see us?
Melanie pressed against the damp grass hoping the ground would
shield her from the car.
Headlights. In the driveway.
Melanie watched someone get out of the dark SUV and approach the
front door. A knock. The door opened. Caught!
Not yet, she thought. “Now!” Melanie yelled. She jumped up
and sprinted for the side road where her car lay waiting. Shadows rose
from the ground and dashed behind Melanie.
“Hey! Stop!” a voice yelled.
The girls dove into the rust colored Oldsmobile Cutlass and
slammed the doors. Melanie started the car and threw it into drive.
Knowing the only way out was in front of the house they had just
rolled, Melanie sped up.
“Turn out your lights so they can’t see your tag.” one of the
Melanie flipped off her headlights only moments before
spotting the SUV in the middle of the road. Her heart stopped. The
SUV was blocking their only way out. A sharp drop lay on the left and
a woman stood on the right. Taking a deep breath, Melanie swerved to
the left, grazing the edge of the drop off. Screams filled the air as the
car tilted sideways. Stomping on the gas, Melanie jerked the steering
wheel to the right. She swerved into the far lane, barely missing the
SUV. Seconds later she slammed on the brakes. Red Light.
“They’re coming after us!” Amber yelled.
Glancing down the empty roads, Melanie gunned the engine
again, turning right. Seeing a side road, she touched the brakes lightly
and twisted the steering wheel to the left. Tires squealed and girls
moaned as they were thrown on top of one another.
Melanie’s heart raced and her stomach flipped over. Looking
in the rear view mirror, she saw nothing. She ran the stop sign anyway.
“Hey, Mel, that was a stop sign back there.” Kara said.
“I know.” Melanie said. “But I don’t plan on getting caught.”
“Red light.” Kara announced.
Melanie didn’t slow down.