What Goes Around (Lexington Avenue Express Book 44)
by Jess Butcher
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What Goes Around (a Lexington Avenue Express short story - 1,400 words)
Blackness, heat, the stench of rubber so strong it permeates each shallow, panicked breath I gulp.
"You have a light," the tinny voice squawks followed by a short burst of static.
"What... WHAT!" I scream but heavy, putrid air slams my words back, resonating, foreign. I sit up in the pitch black, smashing my forehead and falling... and falling...
Words floating past, I can feel them prodding me. "You have a light and a radio," they finally say, startling me awake with a final, familiar snort of static.
Eclipsed fingertips move to my forehead. The lumpy gash near my hairline feels gritty, thick grease and dirt are mixed with the warm blood seeping there. I raise my hand toward the starless heavens and my knuckles rap the unyielding camber of a smooth, steel canopy.
"You have a light and a radio and a small oxygen tank from our emergency medical kit. Do you hear me, Ferguson?" Reflexively, I reach for the radio-microphone clipped to my shirt-front. As always, it's there and a sense of relief washes over me.
"I'm here... this is Ferguson." I speak the words but they echo away into my unfathomable warren, the voice is a stranger's.
"Good, you're okay, I was afraid you weren't going to regain consciousness," the words were coming through the radio attached to my belt. Like every supervisor at Campbell Mining, I wear a portable two-way radio when I visit an active quarry.
The broiling darkness is a relentless sea, bumping the pier of my rational world with the puzzle fragments floating about me. Clenching my eyes shut, I see streaks of ethereal light. In the void of this silvery dazzle, I briefly gain control of my thoughts. Yes, I am at Mine 416.
"Ferguson, turn on your flashlight. It's attached to a carabineer on your belt. A small oxygen tank is also attached to your belt. Do you hear me?" the radio crackles.
I reach for my belt and fumble to find the flashlight, then the switch. Shining ...
Genre: Short Stories
Length: 21 Pages (87 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Aug 11th, 2020