|Dr. Arun "Ron" Nikesh ☥ Set (sturmndrang) wrote in paxletalelogs,|
@ 2011-02-16 13:01:00
|Entry tags:||aphrodite, set|
STRANGE THINGS ARE AFOOT AT THE CIRCLE K
Who: Ron and Lia
What: I think something's following me...
Where: A convenience store not far from Pax
When: Late at night
Warnings: None yet
Notes: Lottery post!
Glancing over his shoulder, Ron increased his pace -- not to a run, he didn't want to draw attention. Why oh why had he walked to that restaurant down near the beach instead of driving? Oh yeah, he'd wanted to impress upon the person he was meeting there -- one of his UCLA Med School connections -- that he was physically fit enough for the rigors of an emergency medicine residency. Not that he'd decided 100% that emergency medicine was what he wanted to pursue instead of urology, but he didn't want to discount any options. That was why he'd walked.
Though whoever -- or whatever -- it was that was following him (and he was certain he was being followed) might not have cared whether he was on foot or in his car. Not if the shadow he'd seen was any indication.
The familiar tower of Pax Letale glowed almost ominously in the night; it was only about a quarter mile away now, yet it seemed unattainable. A cold lump formed in Ron's stomach, and he could feel the adrenaline pumping through his body. Fight or flight. He was scared shitless -- yet something deep inside him was howling for blood, telling him to turn and confront whatever it was before it ate the sun. Ate the sun? That made no sense.
Rounding a corner, Ron saw the fluorescent-lit windows of a convenience store. The parking lot was empty, but it was open, and well-lit, and there would be others inside even if it was just the night clerk. He made a bee-line for it; the chime that announced the door opening sounded like sweet safety. He paused for a moment, took a deep breath, and decided he should pick up some liquor for later, once he was back at his apartment. After a night like this, he was going to need it.