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It's a hollow shell when she finally makes it back, barely recognizable in the circle of ash surrounding it. It's too much, after everything that's happened; Mabel drops what little she's carrying, and stares at the remains of her car. It must have burned hot, for there wasn't even a semblance of the insides left, it was all twisted steel and melted plastic. If she touched it, she was afraid it would collapse.

Her weapons, stored in the trunk and under seats, were gone. Her research books, her clothes, her stash of emergency food, her spare cash hidden deep within the front seat - burned. She had a box of matches in her pocket, her wallet, and her cell phone. She had been carrying a metal pole she had found, just in case, but it would do her no good.

The grassy area surrounding her car had been untouched, although some of it was close enough to have caught aflame. Worse, though, was the message lying on the ground in front of her, constructed of carefully collected ash:

WE ARE ALWAYS WAITING


Mabel sat down hard in the dirt, and for the first time in what could be years, tried not to cry. When the police car came, when they put her in handcuffs and took her away, she was losing that fight.

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Mabel

February 2012

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