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June 14, 2022

Chapter 26 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

“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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

“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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

“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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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 in No Escape

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...


June 03, 2022

Chapter 5 in No Escape

Shania awoke to the murmur of voices. Remembering where she was, she quickly sat up and blinked her eyes into focus. A curtain was yanked open close to the nurses’ station and out stepped a dishe...


June 02, 2022

Chapter 4 in No Escape

The next morning, Shania was led to the courthouse where she went before a judge, a middle-aged man with crow-like features and a bald crown. “I’m only agreeing to this to clear the matter up soo...


June 02, 2022

Chapter 3 in No Escape

Shania settled into her new position at work and a general acceptance seemed to come over the agency. Even Maureen seemed to finally be accepting the promotion. Shania realized she may not like i...


June 01, 2022

Chapter 2 in No Escape

The next morning Shania entered the building feeling somewhat apprehensive, half-hoping that Miss Daly had reconsidered and changed her mind. She wanted the raise that went with the promotion, bu...


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