Run away with me.

I make it back to my abandoned shoes as Colin starts to walk toward me. I had noticed that the shouting is louder but I’m still surprised at the yelling and gesturing going on. It looks as if they are about to come to blows.

Colin reaches me and takes me by the elbow, moving me out of direct sight.

“What?” I ask.

He shakes his head. “Where did you go?”

I nod to the door. “The agent came out of there and I had a few words.”

“What did he say?”

“What did they say?” I counter.

He sighs and drops my arm. I’m surprised that I liked the contact.

“You first,” he says. I look at him. I don’t know him, but I also know that I am not going to get out of this situation without help. And somehow I am not sure the rest of the group will be much help.

“It’s a bug, a flu or something. The army closed down Heathrow and he said that someone would be coming back to quarantine us.”


“That’s what he said.”

Colin is silent for a moment. “Okay, that doesn’t sound good. The others think that there has been some sort of terrorist attack.”

“That would make sense.”

“Not if it is flu.”

I smile but I know there is no humour there. “It could be both.”

He frowns and nods, but stays silent. The sound the others are making comes in waves, louder and then quieter.

“What are they arguing about?” I ask.

“Whether they ought to stay or leave.”

“Leave.” I don’t hesitate.

“I agree, but the rest of them are against it.”

“So, run away with me.”

Colin grins. “We’d really be on the run.”

I shrug. “If it is bad enough to close Heathrow then will they bother to look for us?”

“What if we are carrying the flu?”

I shrug but I understand the problem. If we leave and are sick we will spread it. But… “I’m not sure I can cope with quarantine.” In my head I’m picturing a prison with people crammed in, all ill.

While we are chatting neither of us are paying attention to the others. Not until a big man comes toward us.


“Max?” I notice that although Colin sounds calm he is tense and has placed himself in front of me. Chivalry isn’t dead.

“We want you both to come back to the group.”


“Because it is the right thing to do.”

Colin looks away and then at me. “What do you think?”

I’m about to answer when we hear shouts from the group.

“Stay where you are!”

And then the sound of popping.


But Colin shushes me. He grabs my hand and pulls me toward the door that the agent came from.

Max stands undecided and then follows us. I don’t remember him from the plane.

The door is slightly open. Colin slips inside and pulls me with him. Max barrels his way in and closes the door. There are no lights and we are plunged into darkness.


About Kate

Kate Murray has recently completed her Masters in Creative Writing and is currently working as an illustrator and writer. Her first anthology of short stories ‘The Phantom Horse’ was published in December 2013 and she subsequently has had another anthology published by Raging Aardvark; “Love Just Is” looks at the truth of love, in all its guises from romantic to obsessive. She is currently working on an anthology of ghost stories which should be published at the end of October 2014 and is also writing her first novel. Kate runs two blogs, one is about her life as a writer ( and the other is a serialisation of a novel, “The Gone”; a disaster hits the world while Bitsy is on a flight from Italy. She lands to find that the world is completely altered and she must learn to survive in a place where everyone is not who they appear to be ( Kate has had short stories published in magazines and e-zines, including ‘The Lampeter Review’, ‘Jotter’s United’, and ‘What The Dickens’. She has had short stories included in the ‘Twisted Tales 2013’ anthology published by Raging Aardvark, and the ‘Busker Anthology’ and ‘Spooky Tales Anthology’ published by What the Dickens. Kate’s artwork has been exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art in Machynlleth where she was selected after entering the art competition and at Aberglasney Gardens as part of the Mid Wales Art group. Her artwork has been published by companies from Norway to Australia and her latest works will have illustrations in it. She has also had a series of line drawings published by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in their biodiversity action plan. Kate currently works in the foothill of the Cambrian Mountains where she has a purpose built workshop that she affectionately calls her ‘house’ as she spends far more time in there than anywhere else.
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7 Responses to Run away with me.

  1. Kate says:

    Reblogged this on Kate Murray and commented:
    The last part of Chapter 1…

  2. Ummm… what the?what?

    /sits and patiently waits for the next installment of … “The Gone”

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