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The Fugitive

April 30, 2008
By Anonymous

Head down, the lone figure darted into the alleyway, breathing heavily. Thick smoke from the city’s abundant factories filled the air like a heavy morning mist on the lake, causing the man to cough violently. Exhausted, Justin collapsed against the wall of a housing complex. He had a gaunt, thin face, a deeply scarred nose. Above him, the rickety buildings reached for the clouds, with clotheslines stretched out between them. Slums had grown more and more prevalent since the new government established itself, 12 years back, in 2030. Through the thin plywood walls, the man could discern the arguments of several inhabitants. Loud screams of anger reverberated through the alleyway, and several seconds later, Justin heard a gunshot, then a scream, and then two more, as the pistol continued belching flame.

Now the sounds of sirens in distance filled the afternoon air, and the man in the alley knew he had to run. Politzika had chased Justin for the past five years, thanks to his many crimes. Panting, the fugitive sprinted down one end of the alleyway, only to see several men guarding the exit. With the sight of the wanted man, they dashed after him. Justin scurried into the door of one of the buildings and rushed up the steps, loudspeakers blaring to the neighborhood that a wanted man had hidden in their midst. Heart pounding and brain racing, Justin raced up the rickety wooden stairs of the building. Doors slammed all around him, children screaming in terror as the speakers blared their message of danger. Behind him, Justin could hear men tearing up the steps. If I go on the roof, the snipers will hit me. Frantically, Justin searched for somewhere to hide. His trembling fingers gripped the gun in his pocket. Suddenly, a door opened in the narrow hallway, and a man urgently beckoned Justin to come in.

Justin looked around at the room. Trash, clothes, and equipment littered the floor. Why would this man risk his neck to save me? Immediately, the man answered Justin’s subconscious question. “I’ll hide you for $30,000 dollars,” the man rasped. “Fork it over quick.” Such a small sum surprised Justin. He quickly gave the man three bills. “Is this stuff counterfeit?” the man queried.

“No. Hold it up to the light.”

Satisfied, the man hustled Justin over to a closet. He closed the door and locked it.
“I’ll let you out when they pass,” he hissed.

Time seemed to stand still. Justin’s heart still pounded, his brain still racing. How did the politzika find me so quickly? Outside the closet door, a fist pounded on the door to the apartment. Justin heard voices outside the door. His protector adamantly advocated to the officers that he had neither seen nor heard anything of this fugitive. Several minutes crawled by, and then, to Justin’s great relief, a latch outside turned. “You can come out now,” the man whispered in his door. Slowly, Justin turned the knob and opened the door, only to find five of the politzika pointing guns at his head.

Smirking widely, a man Justin had seen before led the group, the same man who had witnessed Justin’s crimes, and the man who had led the chase of Justin for the past five years, Nikolai Parsall. Parsall handed the owner of the apartment a roll a bills. “50 grand for the tip-off,” he muttered, “and another 50 for the capture.”

“Liar!” the traitor spat. “You promised a hundred a piece!”

“You are lucky to get anything at all, fool,” Nikolai snarled. He pointed at Justin, and the other officers threw Justin against the wall. Nikolai ordered his compatriots to leave the scene, and then turned his attention to Justin. “So you thought you could escape, huh?” Parsall growled. “If you had not interfered, everything would have been just fine.”

Trembling, Justin mustered up all his courage. “I did the right thing,” he asserted in a clear and unfaltering voice. “You dogs were about to kill her.”

“Dogs?” Nikolai’s eyebrows rose quizzically. “We are all animals, Justin. The one difference between us and dogs is our intelligence. That girl was a menace to civilization. Her death was necessary. ” He paused for a moment. “Our laws are simple. There are only two rules. She broke one of them. You broke the other. Obey the Politzika.”

“But…but…”Justin stammered. “Murder is always wrong…it…” His voice trailed off, as Nikolai shook his head disapprovingly.

“Nonsense. Right and wrong do not exist, Justin.” Nikolai spoke in a disapproving purr. “There is only power. Those in power decide right and wrong. Not you.”

It took incredible courage, yet Justin somehow managed to reply. My last words, he thought. “But you in power are not all-powerful, Nikolai Parsall. You know that. God possesses far more power than you. He decides right and wrong.” Silence fell on the room.

“And now, you have broken every law on the books.” Nikolai did not hesitate. Justin saw him reach for his pistol. He saw Nikolai pull the trigger. Then Justin heard a scream, as Nikolai Parsall fell to the ground, killed instantly by the backfiring of his gun. Justin, still shaking, stared at the lifeless body. Killed by divine justice.

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on Feb. 15 2017 at 1:45 pm
shinysolgaleo, Newaygo, Michigan
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Cool! I Love this story!

on Oct. 1 2016 at 9:01 pm
Aaliyah_Williams03 BRONZE, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
"We read to know we're not alone."

Anyone want to collaborate? Btw i loved this story!!!!!

on Sep. 14 2012 at 1:23 pm
LittleFlutiePie GOLD, Greeneville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
I didn't build the wall to keep people out; I built it to see who cared enough to climb over it.

I love this :) it's very descriptive and gripping. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen until I'd finished it, which is quite an accomplishment lol You should really expand on this, make some more :)

Arca9 said...
on Aug. 23 2012 at 10:44 pm
Arca9, Foley, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Writing a book is like painting a picture, you must take proper steps to make it look stunning.

That is quite interesting and well written

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on Aug. 23 2012 at 1:52 pm
Nelu96 GOLD, Windhoek, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."- George Bernard Shaw

Wonderful! This one is my favorite. I love the way you included God. Well done! 

on May. 18 2012 at 12:37 pm
BookDragon007 BRONZE, Thornton, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and let the world wonder how the heck you did it."

That was fantastic! I loved how you kept the suspense going and right when they are about to kill Justin the gun backfires. That was a great plot twist.

on Apr. 13 2012 at 7:32 am
jellopop BRONZE, Elsie, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
when life hands you lemons make grape juice and then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it

omgg tht was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!11

on Feb. 7 2012 at 9:50 pm
Def_Leppard_fan120 SILVER, Lake Lorane, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
If you want your dreams to come true, Make them come true. If you want to win, Make it a win.
The only one that is stopping you from accomplish your dreams is YOU.

That was great dude!! Great job!!!! Come check out my profile comment on the article and rate it. Later dudes LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL

on Dec. 3 2011 at 7:57 pm
emilybwrites SILVER, Villa Hills, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
last night i lay in bed, looking up at the stars and i thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

great job!!!! please check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and comment/rate it thanks:)

on Sep. 28 2011 at 11:47 am
NightStalker PLATINUM, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I reject your reality and substitute my own!"
-Adam Savage

Freaking amazing

on Jul. 24 2011 at 1:25 pm
4everyoung15 BRONZE, Moreno Valley, California
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Favorite Quote:
"When life knocks you down on your knees, just remember you are in the perfect position for praying"- Unknown

I read beast! nd I <3 it!!!! can u read my story? its called Destiny cuz im new with this I really need feedback it should be posted soon.


on Jul. 24 2011 at 1:23 pm
4everyoung15 BRONZE, Moreno Valley, California
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Favorite Quote:
"When life knocks you down on your knees, just remember you are in the perfect position for praying"- Unknown

W.O.W!!! I really loved the description in the beginning. First I thought it was like in the industrial age, but the it was an anti-utopia where justice is whack. Keep it up and maybe think of writing a novel ;D

on Jul. 24 2011 at 12:43 pm
flamestar BRONZE, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Oh my god that was awsome. hey maybe you could keep a look out for my article. it is called Aurora master. I just posted it today. Tell me if you like it or not. thanks. :)

on Jul. 13 2011 at 10:16 pm
Izeiliac BRONZE, Leavenworth, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
If your not living on the edge, your taking up too much room.

yeah, I was about to post the same thing, but Miara beat me to it


on Jul. 12 2011 at 10:24 am
Tongue_Blep PLATINUM, ????, Ohio
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I loved the story! Great job! Hey everyone! just posted two of my stories here there called Nightstalker and The Beast. if you read them tell me if you like them or not! Thanks! :D

on Jul. 7 2011 at 3:29 am

I agree 100%. This person will write awesome books


on Jul. 7 2011 at 3:27 am
loved your story I love how Justin told those weird Cop guys the honest truth that God has more more power than they ever would! Who shot the guy about to kill Justin? It's going to drive me crazy.

on Jun. 10 2011 at 11:09 am
Miggnor23 BRONZE, Portsmouth, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't." -Richard Bach

That was an awesome story! Keep up the good work!!

h3adf0n3s said...
on Jun. 1 2011 at 2:25 pm
that was great!!! this story should be a book. you will be a great author someday.

phoenixjv said...
on Apr. 27 2011 at 10:09 pm
I really liked the description! It would be cool if you could go a little deeper into Justin's relationship with the girl who was killed. Was there emotion there? I would really like to know more about her.