The Escape

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The Escape

by Molly W. 

A February 2024 Monthly Story Challenge Winner

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Lora woke abruptly from a long sleep, only to find herself in the hospital.

The only thing she could remember was the scream of her mom as she got carried away by the burglars.

Then, suddenly the realism hit her. She started to panic, having no idea where or when her mother had been taken.

Was it 4:00? Then it would have been at least 18 hours.

How far had she gone? 1 mile? 10? She wasn’t sure.

Right then, a nurse plowed into the room.

“What am I doing here? Where is my mom?”

Lora started pounding the nurse questions as she took her IV out of her
arm to replace the bag of blood.

“We don’t know,” the nurse replied, uninterested.

“What do you mean you don’t know!?”

“We didn’t see her go and there wasn’t any tracks.”

“We don’t even have facial recognition.”

“I can look her up in the system”

“I’m afraid that’s not possible” the nurse said soundly. “Now, go back to bed,” she said before leaving the room.

The next morning, she woke to the sound of talking on the phone.

It was the same nurse as before, but this time holding a tray of food for Lora. The moment she saw Lora wake up, she put the phone down and
handed the tray of food to Lora. 

The moment Lora took the tray, she made a face of disgust. On
the tray lay a bowl of way to cheese mac and cheese, an apple which had a weird green tint on it and a cookie that, of the looks of it, had carob chips instead of chocolate chips. She carefully ate the food (it tasted awful) and put the tray down by her bed.

A thought popped into her mind. Will I ever find my mother? She got filled with so much grief she felt like crying.

The nurse got up from her chair and told her to rest some more. But, before Lora put her head on the pillow, she knew somehow, somewhere she was going to find her mother.

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