20. Hot Pursuit, original chapter posted 9/6/06
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*Mike stands at the entrance of the mall, uncertain.*
Mike (thinking): She went up the escalator..
*Mike stands on the escalator, looking hopeful.*
Mike (thinking): Oh man.. what am I gonna say to her? We’re so close to being reunited..
*Mike watches customers pass in and out.*
Mike (thinking): Why is this place so BIG? Where did she go? Ugh..
*Mike stands with his hands on his hips, sighing.*
Mike (thinking): Everything in Maraschino is so huge. I should have known it wouldn’t be easy..
*A saleswoman appears behind Mike, craning her neck toward him cartoonishly.*
Saleswoman: Excuse me, young man!
*Mike looks over, annoyed.*
*The saleswoman gestures to a large toy car.*
Saleswoman: Have you seen our latest in ride-on toy-truck technology, the Vroom Vroom 9000?
Saleswoman: It’s a marvelous little machine, isn’t it? If you buy it with our discount card, it’s only $973, just for this weekend!
*Mike looks inspired.*
*Mike hops in the car and takes off.*
Mike: Don’t mind if I do!!
*The saleswoman turns, startled.*
Saleswoman: HEY, WAIT!!
*Mike drives down aisles of the store, looking determined.*
Mike (thinking): Where are you, Sandy..
Mike: Not here, either!
*Mike speeds around a corner, completely focused on his search. He nearly hits a girl walking past.*
Random girl: Yeek!!
*Mike spots the girl with black hair in the distance walking toward the exit.*
Mike: Oh no..!
Saleswoman: Somebody stop him!!
Random shopper: STOP THE CAR!! HEY!!
*Mike stares toward the door, looking serious.*
Mike: She’s leaving!
*Mike determinedly leaps from the still-moving car. It crashes behind him, offscreen. He slides down the handrail of the escalator, jumps off, and lands on the ground floor effortlessly.*
*Mike runs out the door.*
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