Write One Page Per Day – 64/365 – March 5, 2018

Continued from March 4, 2018

The sounds of cars approaching began quietly at first as they crossed Congress Street and entered Lincoln Park. They became louder still as the group of people reached the steps of the courthouse on the opposite side of Federal Street. Suddenly, the noise of the cars stopped but was instead followed by the sounds of gun shots ringing out.

Claire spun, expecting to see the other group shooting at them, but saw the seven people that had previously left in the apartment building being shot at by City Hall only a block away. She dropped her duffel, drew her gun, and began running toward the commotion.

As Claire reached the corner of Congress and Pearl Streets she leveled her handgun and began firing, aiming low on purpose, trying to hit no more than a leg. She fired ten shots in total, four of which hit various people. Before she knew it there were seven other people standing next to her pulling their own weapons.

“Aim low!” She cried as they began firing on the other group. “We don’t want to kill any of them!”

A brief firefight, lasting less than a minute, resulted in eleven people being hit before the other group retreated to their vehicles and drove away. Claire ran across the street, keeping her gun at the ready, to check on the people that had been wounded.

Much to her surprise, everyone that had been hit seemed to have only superficial wounds. The others quickly gathered up the weapons, ensuring that the would be assassins couldn’t try to shoot anyone again.

“Just relax. We’re going to get you patched up.” Justin said as he bent down and picked up one of the members of the other group.

Claire looked over and saw the seven that had left previously all looking on at what they were doing.

“If you’re not going to help them, go.” She said sternly as she bent next to a small woman that was holding her calf crying. “You’re alright. We’ll take care of you.”

“Screw you!” She replied, “We need to win! We will get everything we want! I see your rune. You’re the one we are supposed to kill.”

“Calm down. We can talk about this after you get bandaged up.” Claire said as she lifted her. She was heavier than she thought, and she struggled to carry her.

“Give her to me.” One of the men in the group that had departed said as he came out from behind one of the stone blocks with his arms out. “I’ll take her.”

“Thank you.” Claire said bowing her head to him slightly as she handed the woman off.

“Thank you for saving us. We’re sorry we left.” He said.

“You have every right to do what you want.” Claire replied as the others lifted and carried the remaining people. “I’m not going to force anyone to do anything they don’t want to. I’m only trying to protect everyone so we can fix this.”

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