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Celia on the Run - Deleted Scene Ch6.docx

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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.
 
 
 
“So
 
you’re saying we need to get back on route 40?” Celia aske
d, twirling herbrown hair between her boney fingers
. “Are you sure?” she
asked in a helpless waythat was more than believable.
“Well, yeah,” Aaron began
again
. “It’s really the only road between
here and
Albuquerque. You were going the right way, just a little further than you thought.”
 Celia traced her finger over the road in question, the road she knew darn wellwas the only road to Albuquerque, and entertained Aaron with some moreridiculous but playful questions while she discretely helped herself to a lighter, apack of gum, some crackers, and few sticks of beef jerky which she somehowmanaged to slide under her tight shirt without breaking eye contact or conversation.Nick watched in amazement, truly impressed with this wild child next to him.Loaded down with about twenty dollars worth of junk food and whateverelse was in reach from the customer side of the counter, Celia folded up the map,satisfied and ready to go. A larger woman in a bright flower print dress entered thestore, barely clinking the bells on the door, and smiled at Nick and Celia, waiting to
see if they were finished at the counter before approaching. “Go ahead,” Celia said,
oh-so-politely, gesturing for the woman to take her turn. Celia continued to smoothout the map, just to have something to keep her hands busy.The new
customer addressed the clerk, “Good afternoon to you. Forty dollarson pump number four, please.”“Certainly,” the clerk replied,
accepting the cash. The woman turned andsmiled at Nick and Celia again. She was one of those people who must have beenraised to be kind to strangers, no matter how suspicious they looked.

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