Darlene stood on the cabin’s porch. She noticed the front door ajar, probably due to the warped frame. She heard movement inside and inched off the porch, her sneakers crunching glass broken from the window she’d jumped through to escape the fire several weeks before.
Not knowing whether she’d find a skunk, bear cub- or worse, she scanned the area around the cabin for a stick. She found one at the edge of the clearing, just before the dense forest began. She approached the house again and nudged the door open with the four-foot-long stick and waited for a blur of fur and teeth to charge her. Nothing.
She slipped inside and left the door open. The sunlight streamed through and illuminated the dust and ash still permeating the air. Darlene used the stick for balance as she stepped over debris on her way to the small room just off the kitchen that Scott had used as his office or “alone space.” She opened the door to find a man hunched over a filing drawer. Her scream startled the man, and he squealed too.
“W-who are you?” Darlene asked, keeping her distance.
“Why are you here?”
“I’m sorry… I thought the place was abandoned.”
“Where do you live?”
“Wherever I am.”
Darlene felt sympathy as her gaze traveled from the transient’s thread-bare jacket, to his dirty pants, to his shoes. “Well, my home is your home,” she said. Her smile, a doctor to gain his trust, seemed to put him at ease.
“Thank you, ma’am.” He kicked the filing drawer shut with his heel.
“You dropped something.” Darlene pointed to the ground beside him.
When he looked down, she swung the stick at the side of his head. He crumpled to the ground, blood trickling from his nostrils.
She pulled the leather dress shoe off his right foot. Gucci. She removed the lace and used it to bind his wrists together.
Never trust a transient wearing Gucci, she thought to herself.
DOCTOR (noun): (a) material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect; (b) a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface
This continues Darlene’s story (if you haven’t read the other parts and are curious about what has transpired so far, here are the links:)
UPDATE: Oops…I forgot to mention that this is a community-voted challenge, which means that when the challenge closes at 7PM Eastern time on Thursday, voting opens on Trifecta’s site for twelve hours so you can vote for your 3 favorite responses. Check it out if you can (click on the tricycle picture to go to their site) – you’re bound to find something you like 🙂