Celia on the Run by Sarah MandellDeleted scene from Chapter 6The bells on the convenience store door
jingled, announcing Celia’s arrival.
That was her way, abruptly disturbing the peace with every door she opened. With awalk a little perkier than usual, she marched right up to the clerk, while Nick trailedclosely behind, her eager-to-please shadow. Following a frustrated smile and adramatic slap on the counter that was intense enough to rattle the cheap lighters out of their display
, Celia said, “There’s something seriously wrong with this map,” and
unfolded a road atlas.
The clerk, who’s crooked nametag read Aaron, adjusted his glasses and
managed to get
out “Where are you…” before the pretty young girl before h
im cut him off with a wild hand gesture toward the map.
“I mean, these
crackpots sold us a
map that’s completely ass
backwards. Where the hell’s Albuquerque?”
Nick swallowed hard, avoiding eye contact with the clerk, the man they were
about to swindle or rob or who knew what else. Celia hadn’t exactly shared her plan,she only said, “I’m hungry
, we need gas, and we have no money,
” before exiting the
car just moments earlier. As Celia went on and on
about how the map wasn’t to scale,
and the clerk kindly tried assisting, Nick felt Celia stuff something into his pocket. Helooked down in disbelief as she shoved another candy bar into his jeans, all thewhile chit-chatting with the clerk, who had given up on explaining the highwayconnectors at this point and was now eating up all the flirting Celia was throwing hisway. Nick had never shoplifted before, but certainly this would count, though it
wasn’t his hands doing the crime, just his pockets.