Lost Causes

Ann Marie Tajuddin

Anxiety flooded his senses and he again struggled against the ropes,
feeling them cut deeper into his flesh, but unable to stop. The stranger
touched him again, softly, and he subsided with an effort. "Who are
you?" he asked, needing to hear his companion again.

"I'm..." He paused, as if uncertain of his own identity. "My name is
Derrick. I'm a friend. I can't untie you just yet, but I'll be back.
I'll get you out of this mess, okay? You've got to believe me - you've
got to hang onto that."

He nodded in the darkness.

"I have to go, but I'll be back soon, I promise."


A hand touched his face and wiped away the single tear, as if he knew it
would be there. "I promise, Al."

Then he was gone.

Lost Causes

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII NEW April 21, 1999
Part VIII NEW April 21, 1999

Part IX NEW April 24, 1999
Part X NEW April 24, 1999
Part XI NEW April 24, 1999
Part XII NEW April 24, 1999
Part XIII NEW April 24, 1999

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