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Sera, Ch. 10 Pick and PeckEven long after the last light through
the window of a small house near the edge of the town finally died
and nothing else stirred in the streets of Riverbed but one or two
tumbleweeds, Rattlesnake Jake was still awake under the rock he chose
to spend the night under. Sleep not once crossed his mind since there
was no room for it. His thoughts were on other topics that he found
to be more important than sleep.
Jake gazed at the town with an
unemotional stare, blinking only when his eyes called for it. His
head was only inches from being outside of the safety of the rock,
but until the bargain he made with Skinner is fulfilled, he is forced
to remain in the shadows.
Like a coward,
Jake thought to himself.
the word of a hawk, especially one like Skinner, was probably unwise.
Although, it was something he couldn't avoid and his scales shivered
slightly at the thought of what Skinner would have done to him if he
had not agreed to lead Sera to him, but Jake had to admit that
All Here For A ReasonI turned onto a shady, well-manicured driveway that, for all intents and purposes, looked harmless enough. Maple trees lined both sides of the street, and a parade of Canadian geese marched across the road to a wide duck pond with a flamboyant fountain. There were blooming crepe myrtles and rose-of-sharons, and as I grew closer to my destination, neatly trimmed gardens with neatly trimmed bushes.
I stopped to let the geese pass. They looked at me; one hissed. I honked my horn and moved around them.
At the end of the road sat a collection of grayish buildings and a number of signs directing me to the appropriate parking lot. "Welcome to Ten Creeks Hospital," said one of them. "Please enjoy your stay." I parked in the visitor's lot. Surely I wouldn't be staying.
I was shaking when I got out of my car. I had spent the morning getting high. One foot in front of the other, flip-flop noises, hot sidewalk. Mulberry and magnolia trees, freshly shaved grass. A bench and pan for smokers. A set o
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