Day 29 – In Virginia, they (Part 4)

Word count: 515



“No, Daddy,no!” Tanya was screaming at the top of her voice.

Two men had Jerry’s arms held behind his back and were lowering his head over a steaming vat of chopped tomatoes. Try all he might to resist them, they were too strong and as the aroma of gently trying tomato wafted up through his nostrils, he inhaled the inevitability.

They’d been taken from the basement and thrown into the back of a pickup truck, guns pointing at them all the while. Tanya’s father had then driven them to a secluded little area on the other side of the highway. It was a nice spot, surrounded by trees and a gentle river. There were some docile cows in the field next to them and the sun beamed down on the rich tomato vines and glossed them with the essence of life.

Tanya’s father was stroking a juicy red tomato as he waltzed around them all, eyes glistening with the accomplishment of his genius. He’d tied his own daughter to the back of the pickup truck – clearly he had not quite yet verged over the edge of insanity as to causes Tanya any harm. Jerry could see her struggling and trying to wriggle out of her bonds.

“Daddy, please, please let him go!”

Her father stopped and signaled for his goons to do likewise. Jerry’s face was but a few centimeters from the bubbling juices. The heat from it was making sweat stream down his forehead.

“Darling, it is for his own good.”

“But you’ll kill him, you’re killing everyone!”

“No! No, I am making them better!”

“No! Please, just not him!”

Jerry looked up at caught her eye over the rising team.

Her father shook his head, “No exceptions.”

“Then why not me?”

Jerry felt the grip of the two men holding him loosen. Tanya’s father was looking away. Out of the corner of his eyes he could see that the two men were distracted by the emotional tension. Jerry spied his moment of escape and writhed free of their grip, skimming his cheek with tomato sauce.

Tanya’s father reeled round and screamed instructions to his minions. But they were too slow for Jerry for he was already mounting the pickup truck and untying her bonds.

“Get them!” Tanya’s father yelled, “Get them you imbeciles!”

“Are you alright?” Tanya breathed as he undid the rope.

“I’ll live,” he grinned heroically.

Jerry took her hand and lifted her to her feet only to find that the minions were now at the pickup truck. There was no sign of escape. They stood stupidly on top of the truck, clutching at anything they could use as a weapon.

And then suddenly from out of the bushes there came a deep revving. Bursting out from the bushes a brilliant blue Cadillac slammed into the side of the pickup truck and knocked the two henchmen off their feet.  A girl with long brown curly hair topped with a cowboy hat leaned out the window and shouted at Jerry and Tanya.

“Yo, are you guys going to get in or what?”

~ by S.G. Mark on November 5, 2011.

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