The Get Away

He had never done anything like this before. Not once in his sixty years on earth had he ever run away.  He had never even played hooky from high school or cut class in college. Yet here he was, pulling into the parking lot of a strange bar in an unfamiliar seaside town a hundred or more miles from home.

While his wife still slept soundly he had rolled out of bed, showered, dressed, packed his lunch and headed for the car like he would on any other work day. However this time when he pulled onto I-95 he headed north instead of south. He had a full tank of gas, a plastic card, and no plan. He just needed to get away.

And there was one other thing. There was the girl from the dream that told him that if he’d just go, be free for just a day, she’d be there waiting for him. So he took a chance, didn’t even give it a second thought. If he had thought about it he would have been overwhelmed by the consequences.

Because he didn’t think about them he was free. Today there were no consequences. There were no bills, no dead end job, no responsibilities or commitments. His forty year marriage, in which passion had been replaced with complacent resignation, didn’t exist.

Today there was sun and sand and surf. Today there was Jose Cuervo. Today there was the girl from his dream. Today there was whatever happened next.


About Kevin_Fraleigh

I am a novelist, and much of my writing is predicated on the concept that within each of us is a hole. For some of us, the hole is a divot, shallow and insignificant. But for many of us the hole is a cavern, deep and expansive. We try to fill it with sex or drugs or religion, but the cavern has an insatiable appetite. This is where the dark things live―the things that fill our nightmares. The things that claw at our minds. The things that inspire the stories of horror, madness, and twisted realities. From the depths of that cavern come the seeds of my stories. Won’t you join me in the dark edges of reality? Learn more about me from my blog at You can find my novels at,, and most eBook retailers. You can also read some of my full length short stories at
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3 Responses to The Get Away

  1. Alice says:

    And, then? 😉

    I like it.

    • Well, that’s kind of the object isn’t it? What does happen next? Where would you take the story? Just as with real life, good fiction often provides many clues but the resolution is in the imagination of the reader.

  2. Alice says:

    Yep. But to find out where I would take it next, I would need to step out of the grind for a bit, and that’s not happening any time soon. ;-/ Which is why I buy fiction… 😉 Ah, but it’s late… so, perchance to dream…

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