Helter Skelter (Part 4, page 1 of 34)


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Part 4

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They waited in line for so long that the children had long since fallen asleep, as had several of the adults. While they waited, they were joined by the occasional vehicle whose occupants seemed as relieved to encounter the State troopers as themselves. Zack found himself dozing occasionally, and upon waking would automatically check the side-view to see how much the line had grown. He was about to doze off once more, with Karen laying against his side, when they were startled into awareness by the sound of running, booted feed. The rain was light but persistent, creating a close, haze-like appearance to their surroundings.

The troopers were running to the rear of the line, firearms drawn. At last, the young trooper they’d seen before came up the line, banging on windows. ‘Everybody out,’ he said in a voice barely above a whisper. ‘Please move quickly to the front of the line. And keep your heads down! There’s a big tent up ahead. Go directly there and wait for further instructions.’

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