I slightly modified the book cover, but am still not sure if I like the addition or not. Because of the title the cover really needs to tell a little bit more of the story, thus the “Crime Scene” tape. Also, it seems to increase the implication that it is a ‘race’ as it looks like the tape at the finish line. Let me know what you think.
Here is an excerpt of the story taken from where it is currently being revised and edited.
Gary didn’t wait an instant, but pushed right past the startled employee and into the darkened interior hardly slowing down, his footfalls now taking on an odd echo with the vaulted, skeletal backroom.
“You can’t go in there!” The employee found his voice.
“Emergency.” Was all that Gary said and kept running. He hoped he was in time as he weaved past stacks of crates and came to a hallway that led in two directions. He didn’t have the luxury of a long decision, but he knew it had to be the right one. Both were well lit and seemed to be evenly stacked with inventory, giving no clue. He listened for sounds that might give him his clue, but he couldn’t discern the direction of the sounds that he heard. Time was running out!
He shifted his feet one direction and then the other direction unable to make up his mind. It was the employee he had just passed that made up his mind for him. The man reached out for Gary’s left arm and Gary jumped to the right to avoid being snagged and possibly detained a few fatal seconds. Then simply continuing in the direction of his momentum, he went right, taking the hallway as fast as he could. The hallway went past several more doors and then the ceiling seemed to dip very low, but as Gary ducked slightly he saw that it was ducting and piping that ran low across the back of the building. Once on the other side the choice was clear. To the right was further back into the bowels of the shop, the waiting inventory, and dust covered supplies. To the left was brightly lit and he could see through a small, partially opened door, the retail area of the store. He never slowed as he took the turn and made for the door that stood ajar.
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