O is for Opportunity

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For this story, I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  I felt that this was a really good opportunity for me to not only express my creativity, but challenge myself to building a very long story that could be cut up into multiple parts.  And for it all to make sense!  So if you want to follow along with other blog posts in the challenge, check the hashtag #AtoZchallenge to follow along.

This story would be categorized as Dark.  Thank you so much and I will see you tomorrow for the next installment.  Enjoy!

O is for Opportunity

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With a quick hug Aspen walked out the door.  She felt like a million bucks and she couldn’t be happier.  Maybe this could buy her a little extra time to make more changes in her life so she wasn’t so noticeable.

As Aspen walked down the street she felt herself hold her head up with more confidence.  She didn’t feel like she was Aspen anymore, she felt like someone different.  She had called herself Megan in the cosmetology school maybe she could keep using that name.  Plus she didn’t have an ID on her so she could be whoever she wanted to be.

She continued down the street and saw a small motel.  Would it actually be safe for her to stay there for the night?  Would she actually be able to fool the staff into thinking she wasn’t Aspen?  Was she crazy to do this?

Aspen cautiously opened the door and stepped into the tiny lobby.  A girl sat behind the counter and looked up.  “Can I help you?”

Aspen nodded.  “Uh…yeah…I was wondering if I could get a room for the night?”

“You got any ID on you?”

Think fast Aspen…think fast…  “Uh…no…I was running away from my boyfriend and I forgot my ID at home.  Please, you have to help me.  I have cash so I can pay you right now for my room.  But please…I just need a warm place to stay for the night.”

The girl shrugged and printed out a form.  “Sure…it’s my last day here so they can’t really fire me.  Plus, I feel for you.  Here.  It’s $100 for the night and I just need you to sign you name at the bottom of the form.”

Aspen opened her backpack and pulled out some cash for the room.  She quickly signed the paper as Megan Johnson and was given a key for a motel room.  She scurried away to her room and opened the door.  A shiver ran down her body as the chill from the room hit her skin.  Aspen made her way to the heater and turned it on and then switched on a lamp.

The room was just a standard motel room.  There were two beds, a TV, a large heater, a small desk and chair, and a bathroom.  It wasn’t the best, but it was a warm and comfortable place to stay for the night.

Aspen spent the afternoon washing her clothes in the tub and laying them by the heater to dry.  It was going to be nice to actually have some clean clothes.  She even walked to the Taco Bell across the street and got some dinner and spent the evening relaxing in her room.  She finally went to bed and actually got a great nights sleep.

But she wasn’t expecting to be woken up by the sound of sirens.  Aspen jumped out of bed and peeked through the curtains to see 4 police cars sitting in the parking lot.  She either had to find a way to escape or she would be taken back to prison.  She didn’t want to go back.  She couldn’t go back.  But she didn’t know how she was going to find a way to escape.

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