DAY 24 OF 30: SUKI LITCHFIELD
24. Suki Litchfield presents “The Kid in the Ambulance”
23. Liam Hogan presents “In the Devil’s Footsteps”
22. Brady Golden presents “Neon Showgirl”
21. Darren O. Godfrey presents “Discovery of Blanks”
20. Zoe Kaplan presents “The Test”
19. Colin Leonard presents “The Burning Heart”
18. David Afsharirad presents “just keep walking”
17. William Meikle presents “Gateway to Oblivion”
16. Valya Dudycz Lupescu presents “The Tooth Butcher”
15. Gene O’Neill presents “Ring Rust”
14. H. Pueyo presents “Death Republic”
13. Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12. Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11. Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10. Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9. Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “The Kid in the Ambulance,” a paramedic finds a young boy who’s been missing for decades.
A woman had
called in a kid walking in the dark along the side of a road in the snow. When
we arrived he was standing at the edge of the caller’s headlights . . .
He let me lead him around to the back, and at my request he lay down on the stretcher and let me immobilize his head. He didn’t react to being strapped down, or to the rear doors slamming, or to Heather putting on the siren long enough to get us through an intersection. His vitals were fine, so keeping him comfortable during transport was all I could do for him. Privately, I had my doubts about him being okay.
“Where did you come from?” I asked, just to keep up the soothing patter.
He mumbled, “Cold.”
I tried not to react when he spoke. I busied myself reaching for a foil blanket, even though I had already put one over him. “You’re cold?”
“No,” he said, and he pulled his eyebrows into a frown. It was the first facial expression I’d seen him make. “It was cold . . . where I was.
—The Kid in the Ambulance by SUKI LITCHFIELD
ABOUT: SUKI LITCHFIELD
Suki Litchfield is an award-winning writer whose stories have been published in Down in the Dirt, on Satireville, and in the anthology Lascaux Prize. She lives in St Augustine, Florida, where she works at a haunted inn.
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