That’s the Ticket! Pt. 4

22 Aug

That’s the Ticket! Pt. 1

That’s the Ticket! Pt. 2

That’s the Ticket! Pt. 3

Crowded movies

A half hour past and Glenn hadn’t received a reply. She must be busy getting herself ready, he justified. She is probably finishing up and almost ready to leave or on her way even. The crowd was getting large and Glenn was getting nervous that they might have difficulty finding one another. He sent off another message with his exact location to make sure that didn’t happen.

Glenn was too preoccupied to notice a strange man pacing nervously about ten feet from him. The man was inappropriately dressed for the balmy summer evening. His baggy Cleveland Browns jacket caught Glenn’s attention. His father was from Cleveland and a die-hard Browns fan. The man’s behavior made Glenn pay attention to him.

Besides pacing, the man looked as though he was talking to himself, like he was psyching himself up. Glenn found the look on the man’s face unsettling as well. Glenn was so focused on the man that he had stopped looking at his phone impulsively every other second.

In fact, he had been so focused on the man that he hadn’t noticed the lobby of the movie theater fill to a shoulder to shoulder crowd that spilled into the mall itself. The man’s strange energy was a magnet for Glenn’s attention. Not even the freaks in cosplay could peal it away. His heartbeat increased and his palms were sweaty.

The man took a deep breath with his eyes closed and flung his jacket open. Glenn was given instant justification for his fight or flight response to the man. Tucked into the man’s pants was a firearm, a rifle of sorts. Glenn didn’t know what kind but it looked real.

In an instant, Glenn’s world was only this man and himself in a tunnel. He heard nothing. There was only a dark void in his peripheral vision. Immediately behind the man stood a no-smoking sign on a pole with a heavy metal base.

Without even thinking, as the man reached for the weapon, Glenn sprung from his seat and grabbed the sign. He held it like a baseball bat with the heavy metal base in the air. Remembering his days of junior high baseball, he stepped into a swing. The man didn’t see it coming. The base smashed in his cranium. The bone split open with a sickening crack. Blood splashed the crowd. The man fell dead upon his weapon, hiding it from the mass of people that was now horrified and starting to come online as to what happened.

Glenn stood there, chest heaving, with the bloody sign in his hands. As he dropped it to the floor he heard voices in the crowd calling out to apprehend him.

To be continued…


10 Responses to “That’s the Ticket! Pt. 4”

  1. bigskybuckeye August 22, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

    Glenn really deserves a break!

    • Ryan August 22, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

      Hahahaha! Let’s see if he gets one in part 5. I really don’t know yet! I write these serialized pieces in the parts they are published. Part 5 is still in the ether. Thanks for reading!!!!!

      • bigskybuckeye August 23, 2019 at 2:22 am #

        I’ll be waiting. Thank you Ryan.

      • Ryan August 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

        No, no…THANK YOU!

  2. Bruce Goodman August 22, 2019 at 8:18 pm #


    • Ryan August 23, 2019 at 1:29 pm #


  3. Eric Tonningsen August 23, 2019 at 1:49 am #

    Heather leaves her boyfriend once she learns of Glenn’s heroic deed???

    • Ryan August 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

      Ha! Good one, stay tuned because I finished part two yesterday. It might surprise you!


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