#AtoZChallenge - Obscure Her Path

Hey y'all! My super-awesome co-author Dan is filling in for me for a couple days while I finish writing my application to grad school. I leave you in good hands. Have fun!
See you Wednesday,

For those who are here for the first time, this is an interactive fiction adventure. I will write a scene every day, and my visitors will vote for where they want the story to go next, by leaving a comment on the post. You can start from the beginning here.

The trailing car was catching up a lot faster than Andy's mom hoped. Plainly they knew their way around Bratislava better than she did. She made a mental note to get out of her office more.

Finding an opportunity, she slowed down near an intersection flanked by tall buildings and whipped into a left turn, then left again before her pursuers could catch sight of her.  Retracing their route back to Bratislava Castle a block over, she tried to breathe calmly to slow her heart rate. She could barely hear for its heavy pounding. With her head on a swivel, she watched for any sign that her ploy had been discovered.

"Did we lose them?" Mrs. Klímová asked, reverting to Slovak in a near-whisper.

"I think so. Let's get you back to the castle," Andy's mom replied in kind, checking her mirrors. The rain showed no sign of letting up and the dark was thorough, so she didn't dare turn off her lights as an added precaution. Nevertheless, they arrived at Castle Bratislava without any sign of pursuit.

She parked the car, stepped out, and hurried around to assist Mrs. Klímová.

"Aren't you something, miss." Mrs. Klímová chuckled as she handed Andy's mom her umbrella back.  "I don't believe I've ever been so ably protected!"

Andy's mom was about to make some demur comment about not being a field agent, when Mrs. Klímová's sharp intake of breath alerted her and she turned to see another trenchcoated man, who had apparently been left behind as a sentry, sprinting toward them across the castle walkway!

What should Andy's mom do?
Put up a hue and cry to alert someone.
Punch the assailant in the face.
Pull him off-balance with the umbrella.
Voting has closed on this post! Please click here to move to the next post in the story :)

Bonus: photo of ACTUAL Bratislava Castle, by user LMih on Wikipedia.
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  1. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Put him off balance.

  2. Punch him, for sure!

  3. Pull him off balance! Great photo, great castle!

  4. Pull him off balance w/ the umbrella :D

    O for Olive Oatman

  5. Pull him off-balance sounds way fun :)

  6. Oooh, what fun! I vote umbrella upsetting! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  7. It's a tough call between pulling him off balance with the umbrella and punching the assailant. I'm going to go with violent and punch the assailant! >8D

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  8. It's the umbrella for me.


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