Journey by Stephen Clark  
    to Ridgetown

 
 
You go over to Joe, who is lying in the corner of the room, half propped up by a pile of rubble. You say to him, "Are you O.K.?"
    Joe replies, "Something hit me in the chest when that explosion happened -- I think it damaged something in my lungs and now I'm having trouble breathing. It's been getting worse. I think this is the end for me. It won't be long now. I just want to ask you to do one thing -- can you write a note to my girlfriend from me? I'll dictate it to you -- I'm too weak to write it myself."
    You say, "Sure Joe, I'll be happy to." You grab a pen and a piece of paper from nearby.
    Joe says, "Dear Evelyn..." You start to write, with difficulty because you have nothing to lean on and the paper is rather thin so your pen keeps making holes in the paper. Joe continues, "By the time you read this I will be dead. Ummm... I just want you to know that I love you very much and I always have. I know you must be feeling pretty sad right now, but keep your head up because tomorrow will be a brighter day! Put an exclamation mark after 'day!' No, make that two exclamation marks!! No, make it three!!! No, four!!!!"
    You get so excited with all the exclamtion marks that your pen goes right through the paper and you lose your grip on it. The pen hits Joe in the chest. Unfortunately the tip is very sharp and it punctures Joe's lung. He gasps and makes a choking sound, then silence.
    Bob has been watching all this and he suddenly cries out, "You've killed him! You cold blooded scoundrel. You've murdered Joe because you were jealous of him! Well just you wait!! When I get out of here I'll see you rot in prison for this!!! I'll testify against you!!!!"
    Sure enough, when the rescuers come to rescue you, Bob tells everyone that you murdered Joe -- there is a whole big court-case and you say that it was just an accident, but no one believes you and you end up going to prison for life.
 
 
 
 
 
The End