“Self-Preservation” – Mondays Finish the Story

This story was written for the weekly prompt provided by Barbara W. Beacham on Mondays Finish the Story.  She provides the photo prompt and the first sentence, and you finish the rest with 100-150 words.  Click on the blue Inlinkz frog below to read other stories or to add your own.

Copyright Barbara W. Beacham 2015

Copyright Barbara W. Beacham 2015

Self-Preservation

(1st sentence + 149 words)

The mayor and the town manager waved as their next victim approached.  Sherman was a town no one looked for, but some found it, because the mayor and the town manager arranged it that way.

They’d placed a sign out on the highway announcing a craft fair of local artisans.

“Don’t know why people pay for those,” Tom said, watching the enormous RV easing down the road.

“Too much money, too much time,” the mayor grunted.

A bald man in a t-shirt got out, followed by a blonde woman.

“Welcome!  I’m Mayor Bates.”

The mayor ushered them in, promising directions.  Tom hit the man’s head with a mallet.  The woman tried to escape, but the mayor injected her with a syringe.

“A mallet, Tom?  Melodramatic.”

“OK, Mayor Bates.”

“Let’s get to the site.  If they don’t get people for those experiments, they’ll take us.”

Tom shuddered.  “I’m not going back.”

The mayor picked up the man under the arms.  “Then lift.”

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