Flash Fiction: Jump-Back

 

99 Seconds

 

The JumpBack is searing plastic on his wrist.

96

He yelps half-pained, half-terrified pulling it off.

93

“The impact must’ve activated it…”

91

The bus driver and passengers stare at him while the device smokes.

88

He fixates on the gas truck stuck directly ahead of them in traffic.

84

“We’ve got to get out of here!”

82

He runs for the door.

77

He stops.

72

The bus is packed.

70

“There’s going to be an explosion!”

68

Blank looks and silence.

64

“You’ve got to run! There’s only a minute!”

57

Nothing.

53

He takes off his backpack and lifts it.

50

“Because I have a bomb!”

47

Screaming and running.

34

The bus driver fails to tackle him.

32

The driver is swept away with the escaping crowd.

23

On the street, the driver pauses seeing the bomber’s tear-streaked face.

21

“Run!”

17

The bus driver grabs a child and runs.

12

The breaks fail on the tractor-trailer and it plows through the intersection.

09

He pushes the last passenger out as the gas truck is broadsided.

07

The bus lurches. He falls.

04

Gasoline spills, a struck utility pole buckles.

03

“Run…”

02

Powerlines hit the street.

01

Sparks ignite.

00

ERROR: DEVICE AND USER LOST

+01

JUMP-BACK LOOP TERMINATED

 

 

 

 

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