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The Great Escape : A Short Story

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Chapter One
The Great Escape
“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” ~ Matthew 24:13

It was early September when my friend Sophia

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After escaping Uncle Charles at the tender age of nineteen, I’d stayed with her while I looked for a job. I spent my free time writing poetry and filling out college applications. I had wanted to go to Duke in Durham or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but with my grades it wasn’t possible. Consequently, every week I would run to check the mail only to find another rejection from an Ivy League school.
But then a letter from the University of Washington came, they were offering me an academic scholarship. And I jumped at the opportunity. Things fell into place with surprising speed. I got a job through the college at the Anchor Arms Coffee Company in Seattle. And an airline ticket was purchased.
“Abigail,” she said before I boarded the plane. “You don’t have to do this.”
I felt a twinge of guilt as I stared into her wide, childlike eyes. How could I leave my unpredictable, foolish friend to fend for herself? Of course she would be okay, there would be gas in
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