Hutchins sat alongside the motel pool in the lounger, at the cheap
Vegas hotel drinking even cheaper bourbon. He was dressed in denim
shorts and a white tank top, which exposed his tattooed arms to
the best affect. Gary was celebrating, over the last four days he
had held up six different liquor stores, and had accumulated more
than six thousand dollars from his spree.
too shabby,' he considered as he took another sip from the high
ball glass. 'And so what if I had to shoot that old man, it was
his damned fault for trying to stop me. That old revolver of mine
has saved my ass many a time now."
join me Gary!" He suddenly heard, and looked up and saw, Jenna,
the fake blonde washed up bimbo he had met two nights ago in the
can't baby, I can't swim remember." He replied shaking his
shaved head at her.
watched, without any sign of emotion, as her generous, well proportioned
figure splashed about
.It made him hark back to his least favorite
memory, back to when he was about four, in their back garden pool
with his mother. There had been a phone call, and she had raced
to answer it, and forgot all about him. He had almost drowned; then
finally she responded to his screams. He shuddered to himself.
at his watch he realized that he needed to make a move. With his
lifestyle he could never stay in one place for more than a few days.
will want to come with me,' he considered as he studied Jenna.
'They always do.'
am going to take a shower baby; I will be back in a while."
He lied as he downed his drink.
minutes later, his suitcase was packed with his meager belongings,
and he was driving out of Vegas.
here I come,' he thought.
was one o clock on a typically scorching hot Nevada August afternoon
and the four bourbons he had had for breakfast were having a marked
impact on him, yet he did not care, he knew that he had to move
flashed a toothy grin as he considered what he was leaving in his
wake this time: six robberies, one old security guard in intensive
care, and yet another in a long string of sad lonely women in their
early forties looking for one more chance at love. He snickered
knew that if he took the main roads the drive would take him in
a round about way and would take at least six hours. Yet, according
to the old map he had he discovered that there was a much more direct
option, old abandoned mining roads.
would save at least an hour
' He thought satisfied.
hour later he was merrily bumping along the mining roads. Despite
the air conditioning Gary was beginning to get uncomfortably warm
and, according to his engine light, so was his truck.
on baby! Don't give up on me now! I am miles from civilization."
He yelled at his truck as it began to lose speed and steam came
from the hood.
he proclaimed as the vehicle finally came to a complete stop.
sullenly climbed out of his truck and onto the dirt road and into
the hot dryness of the desert. He frowned at his predicament and
took out his map from the glove box. He then half smiled as he studied
it. 'Heck if I am not mistaken, there is a very small town just
a few miles up the road!'
his suitcase, his money, and his trusted old revolver, off he set
with reluctance by foot along the old mining road. After the first
hour he became aware that his mouth had become uncomfortably dry
and was beginning to regret his decision of taking the short cut.
have just got to keep on going' he thought 'That blasted
town can't be too much further.'
almost five hours he was sure that he must be getting close. By
now he was experiencing dizziness and his legs were aching unbearable.
As feelings of desperation began to overtake him he suddenly noticed
it, an old wooden sign, and read it out loud.
look of relief washed over his sun burnt face and he began to scurry
towards it in.
God,' he thought to himself.
ran up the dirt road and on into the small town, and looked about
in disgust, everything had long since been abandoned, and not a
soul was left there, as the realization of what this town is etched
itself within his reasoning.
a god damn old mining town... Nothing more that a blasted ghost
town these days.'
fell down onto his knees and screamed, and then collapsed completely
on to the dry dusty ground in complete exhaustion.
is awakened by a deep voice; he stared up, relieved to see that
the intense sun had finally gone down and saw a tall man with a
narrow face, dressed in black standing over him smiling.
stranger," the peculiar looking man was saying.
I need water." Gary mumbled trying to get his eyes
to completely focus.
see!" replied the stranger as he scratched his head. "Got
reached in and pulled out a wad of bills and hands it up towards
take it all," he whimpered, "just for in the name of mercy
give me water!"
stranger reached down, grinned, and retrieved the bundle.
you so desire!" He said as he began to cackle revealing a long
and then he vanished.
opened his eyes and all he could see was water reaching far beyond
the horizon. He sat up in total disbelief and discovered to his
complete horror that he was floating on a small raft in the middle
of a vast ocean. Once more the sun is high in the cloudless sky
burning down upon him. His thirst was now unbearable. After the
realization of his fate was completely apparent Gary reached into
his pocket and pulled out his revolver