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No Escape

by Journals & Stories

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June 16, 2022

Chapter 30

And so home they went a few weeks later. Courtney was delighted to see them, as were Lauren’s parents, whom Shania found to be very easygoing people. They knew they were taking a risk, but they f...


June 16, 2022

Chapter 29

They held their breath and laid low for the remaining week they had left at the motel, though fortunately for them, their time at the motel ended without further incident. Instead of paying for a...


June 15, 2022

Chapter 28

Lauren caught a couple of hours of sleep before she had to get up for work, and Shania slept throughout most of the day. It wasn’t until noon that she was jarred out of a sound, surprisingly drea...


June 15, 2022

Chapter 27

It was Wednesday morning. Maureen knew both bitches would be at work. She dressed in a pair of jeans and a blue T-shirt and headed across the street. She entered the office. It was filled with a ...


June 14, 2022

Chapter 26

Jasmine flopped down on her bed, reached for her portable MP3 player on the nearby nightstand, and put her headphones on. She escaped to the pounding rhythm of her favorite rock music. She didn’t...


June 14, 2022

Chapter 25

Shania was at the register with her back facing the store’s large front windows. Again she felt the sensation of being watched. Unseen eyes bore into her back as she rang up half a dozen or so th...


June 14, 2022

Chapter 24

Although she promised Lauren she wouldn’t, she couldn’t go back to the motel room after work. Not this beautiful, warm, sunny day. The motel room had become too much like a prison cell to her. It...


June 13, 2022

Chapter 23

They were to be cousins Angela and Denise Cromwell from Carson City, Nevada. Shania, “Angela,” would be an only child who spent her life doing odd jobs. Lauren, “Denise,” would have a brother who...


June 13, 2022

Chapter 22

They arrived in Klamath Falls just after four that afternoon. The weather was cooler and dryer compared to San Diego. They were checked in at the Super Budget motel by a friendly, petite Indian w...


June 12, 2022

Chapter 21

Shania was waiting in the parking lot for Lauren while she turned in their room key when a man began to head her way. She studied the tall, lanky man with distaste. He looked like he hadn’t shave...


June 12, 2022

Chapter 20

Shania was surprised at just how strong Lauren was for her size. She effortlessly ran across the lawn towards the parking lot with her as if she were as light as a feather. Shania could see a dar...


June 11, 2022

Chapter 19

The next day, four days after the earthquake, Shania was up and about a few times. She was pushed around in a wheelchair at first, and later when she stood up on her feet for the first time since...


June 11, 2022

Chapter 18

When Shania’s eyelids fluttered open, confusion flooded her mind. Where was she? Locked in isolation? Had she been set up again by Quinn? Then she remembered. Quinn was missing. Not only did that...


June 10, 2022

Chapter 17

“You really should go to the police,” Courtney said, picking up a slice of anchovy pizza. “I know I should,” Lauren replied, glancing around the crowded pizza parlor. “It’s just that if I go to t...


June 10, 2022

Chapter 16

Shania hung up the phone after talking with Mindy two days later. Her hand shook so bad she could barely get the phone back on its hook. The news Mindy had shared with her had stunned her so inte...


June 09, 2022

Chapter 15

“Are you sure you planted the pills?” “Yes, Jonas, I’m positive,” said Quinn with exasperation, running a nervous hand through her platinum mane. She had been pacing the office and now she took a...


June 09, 2022

Chapter 14

The following evening, Shania had regained enough of her sense of awareness and strength to attend her session with Lauren in her office. “They say,” Shania began, “that there’s a reason for ever...


June 08, 2022

Chapter 13

“She’s still out cold,” the nurse told Lauren as she opened the isolation room door. “Still? How long are you guys going to keep her so out of it? Why drag things on like this? I mean, isn’t it s...


June 07, 2022

Chapter 12

Shania sat hunched over, weeping hard as Lauren gently massaged her shoulder, wishing she could gather the girl into her arms and hold her tight. Better yet, she wished she could scoop her up and...


June 07, 2022

Chapter 11

After filling Mindy in as discreetly as she could without others overhearing, she hung up the phone just as Lauren came into view for their evening session. She had kept her word about keeping he...


June 06, 2022

Chapter 10

After three days in isolation, Shania was moved out, though not back to the room she had shared with Bianca. Bianca had gotten a new roommate during her stay in isolation yet they still saw each ...


June 05, 2022

Chapter 9

Shania’s eyes fluttered open. Her eyelids felt heavy and her eyes felt grainy. A steel door with a small square window came into focus, though the edges were fuzzy. She tried to raise her head, b...


June 05, 2022

Chapter 8

The weekend was long and tedious, filled with all kinds of worries and stress, not to mention her ever-growing rage at Maureen and Hoffritz. Especially Hoffritz since he was the one with the powe...


June 04, 2022

Chapter 7

The next morning, after returning from breakfast in the cafeteria, Shania headed for the phone. “Oh, no you don’t,” said Victoria, walking up quickly towards Shania. “You’re on restriction.” Shan...


June 03, 2022

Chapter 6

It wasn’t until the morning of her second day confined at Lakeview that she was moved out of the observation room, due to her “outburst” at Hoffritz. Mindy wouldn’t be able to visit until the wee...


Book Description

2005

Twenty-three-year-old Shania McCarthy gets a job promotion that Maureen, her greedy, evil coworker thought she should get. Maureen uses her uncle, a psychiatrist named Dr. Jonas Hoffritz, to have Shania committed to a mental hospital that he runs in southern California. Trapped inside the hospital with no escape as others plot against her, Shania falls for her therapist Lauren Cohen who falls for her in return. Together they escape after much of the hospital is destroyed by an earthquake. Just when the two think they’re home-free, they realize that someone who has been out for revenge has tracked them down on the run!