Road Like a River - Excerpt
Road like a River \U00A9 2013 by Graeme Smith
Dedicated to ADP\U2013who first made me believe I might write something one day. Though this
Road like a River
Prologue: Eighteen Wheels and No Roses
\U201CI-20.\U201D She looked puzzled. \U201COh, just my little joke, missie. Wherever this Road goes, I\U2019m goin\U2019.
\U201CI bet. You look like you should be retir\U2026 Oh. I\U2019m sorry.\U201D
Blair Garner talkin\U2019 \U2018bout the plane crash at Midland. Then Blair was gone, lost in the crackles.
Chapter One: Red Light
Some things never changed.
goin\U2019 to be no damn penny either. He fired up the rig and stared at I-89. In a moment, he was on the
Chapter Two: Take Your Job and Shove It
\U201CKharon. Do you know how much doors cost?\U201D
\U201COf course you offered. And the stories of those who took your generosity all turned out so well.\U201D
Cerberus leapt to his feet and into the dark. For a few moments, the wing beats went silent.
Chapter Three: Cracklin\U2019 Rosie
\U201CAdmirin\U2019 your work, Charlie?\U201D The voice was barely more than a whisper.
\U201CKill me? Bloody hell, sis!\U201D
Chapter Four: Chain, chain, chain\U2026
looked out of the window at the stars in the night sky. Stars Rosie had a feeling never moved. \U201CWhat
Charlie sighed, and shut up.
tank of Super-8?\U201D
Chapter Five: \U2026Chain of Fools
some things, she said, Charlie didn\U2019t know she knew. But she didn\U2019t have the strength left to do what
\U201CUse the chain, stupid!\U201D Patience clearly wasn\U2019t Kathalos\U2019 strong suit. Of course, it wasn\U2019t
one, she figured a dog was a dog. She ran from the corner of the Roadhouse over to the truck. She
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hundred-year-old vase. It was a gift from First Fist Andrakan of the Eldrak Horde. What else could it
suddenly roll on the ground and freeze while it looked around.
could almost feel the \U201CLook.\U201D \U201CEr, right. Yes. Dragons. As investigated and confirmed by the Royal
\U201CHer bloody Majesty isn\U2019t bloody here, Segorian.\U201D Even if I didn\U2019t look, I could feel \U201CThe Look.\U201D
third biggest to the left of that when you face the sunset.\U2019 Well, I suppose it wasn't. But that's what the
Well, probably including death. Anyway, the guard provided a convenient place to tie the ropes. I
was going to listen to them. But that\U2019s all right. Idiots and nobodies tend to be very close to each other