Chapter 26 of The Empty City

By Andrew Looney

The Four emerged from the Saturn Cafe. The night was much cooler now, the heat of the previous day all but forgotten. A cool breeze stirred the air, blowing the first fallen leaves of autumn up and down the quiet city streets. A woman rode rapidly past on a bicycle; except for her, no one else was about.


The Four walked down Iceland Street towards the subway station. As they walked under a dim streetlight, Peter said quietly, "We're being followed."

The others glanced over their shoulders. Sure enough, three men in dark coats were walking briskly after them. One of the men said, "Excuse us, we'd like to ask you a few questions-"

The Four broke into a run. Down the street, down the stairs, onto the subway platform. The train had just arrived. "Hurry!" shouted Dave, "Move it!" The Four dashed through the doors and into the train, collapsing onto the benches to catch their breath. Bert, who had been the last to arrive, said "I think they made it into the last car."

"We'd better move forward then," said Paul. They passed through several nearly empty cars, and stopped at the car nearest the front. Bert kept watch at the little window in the door between cars.

At last the subway arrived at their destination: The Einstein Plaza station, five stops east of Iceland Street, on the blue line. When the subway doors opened, The Four dashed out and ran toward the exit. Fortunately, they saw no sign of their pursuers. They quickly headed southwest, toward the Android Sisters' apartment building.

Copyright © 1991 by Andrew Looney.

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