Chapter Excerpt from Flashpoint

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She could not believe this was happening. What was supposed to be a fun night out with friends took a sharp turn downhill so quickly. Half the people who showed up she didn’t even know, but even though she didn’t even take a part in their illegal activities, she got swept up in it anyways.

“Come on, this way!” Em breathed as she grabbed Ellie’s arm, pulling her down an alleyway away from the blaring sirens that screamed closer and closer toward them. Em forcefully shoved a metal door open with her shoulder, the hinges creaking loudly as they piled inside.

“Where’s everyone else?” Ellie asked, her heart pounding loudly in her chest. She glanced around frantically, trying to find another way through, but it looked as if they ran straight into a dead end in an auto shop garage.

“Do you really want to worry about them right now or do you want to worry about getting out of here?” Em started pushing a block of crates toward an open window about ten feet above the ground, the wood scraping loudly against the floor. “Help me get up here, will you?”

The block of crates themselves looked to be about six or seven feet high, so there was no way Em’s petite five-foot frame would be able to get up there on her own. Ellie boosted her friend up onto the crate and watched as she pried open the window to give a wide enough berth for them to slip through.

A hard pounding sounded on the locked door they had come, though, causing fear to ricochet through Ellie’s heart. The police were getting closer, and if they didn’t get out of there soon, who knows what would happen.

“Help me up,” Ellie said as she reached out, but right then, the police managed to break the door in, storming in the garage toward them. Em’s eyes widened as she quickly turned toward the window, her short raven black hair disappearing and leaving Ellie alone in the auto shop.

“Hands up where I can see them!” one of the policemen shouted at her as they shined a bright light in her eyes while pointing their guns at her.

Ellie swallowed the lump that had formed in her throat as she put her hands on top of her head, her heart beating frantically in her chest. The policemen moved in, pinning her up against the wall while slapping a pair of handcuffs around her wrist.

“You have the right to remain silent. If you do say anything, what you say can be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to consult with a lawyer and have that lawyer present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you so desire.”

She remained silent as the police dragged her by the arm back the way they had come, loading her into the blaring vehicle before driving away. This was not how she saw this day going…

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