Monday, January 01, 2007

Rescue (a reprint)

When Rudy stepped out of the narrow doorway, he couldn't believe the sight that met his dazzled eyes. What he first mistook as badly placed lights from the work crew was actually a swarm of lights from cameras. News cameras. With reporters and microphones standing beside them.

“Thank you! Thank you!” A crying woman took the bundle from his hands. A young man in emergency gear steered her toward an ambulance that was waiting nearby. Most of the cameras followed them.

Most but not all.

“Mr. Angelo, how did you locate Sarah?”
“Was she coherent when you found her?”
“What did Sarah say when you reached her?”
“Is Sarah in good condition?”
“Sarah... Sarah... Sarah...”

Rudy found himself led toward a second ambulance. “You alright there, Rudy?” asked the paramedic.

“Yeah, I’m fine.”

“I kept saying this was going to happen if they didn’t close up all the entrances to the old mines. If the city council would just listen to the little guys like us...”

Rudy glanced across to the other waiting ambulance. Blue eyes rounded in shock looked toward him, gazing around her mother’s hovering form. Rudy smiled. Sarah raised her smudgy little hand and waved.

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This story was originally posted here at my other blog site, as part of a writing challenge.

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