Chapter 12:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  No Houses

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“Copters and Sunsets”


Fred Landers put his copter into a steep dive. Tall and Small's copter doubled back and chased Landers and Sierra low to the desert floor.

Small opened up with the auto rifle, shattering Landers copter's rear Plexiglas window. Landers spun his copter back around and headed straight towards Tall and Small.

"Here's where it gets really interesting!" Landers yelled.

Sierra held on tight, as both copters rapidly approached each other on a collision course. Landers suddenly pulled up fast, forcing the other copter to dive to avoid the downwash. That maneuver bought Landers and Sierra some time, as Tall and Small, now flying just inches above the desert floor, had to pull up and spin around. Landers pushed the throttle to full power, but Tall and Small were rapidly gaining on them.

Small opened fire again hitting Landers’s copter's fuelsalage. They were now right on their tail.

"Sierra!!" Landers called out, "I'm going to open the valve on our emergency fuel tank. That will create a trail of fuel. There's a flare gun in the back. Get on back there and grab that gun and when I cut off the fuel flow, I'll give the signal and you fire the flare into the receding fuel stream, but not a second sooner! Got it?!"

"Got it!" Sierra reluctantly replied, as she crawled in the back, found the flare gun and opened up the back hatch. Landers then flipped the switch.

"Valve's open!"

Sierra could see the fuel flowing back out of their tanks and onto the Plexiglas bubble of Tall and Small's copter, just a few yards behind. The fuel was blinding them but Small was still leaning out and aiming the auto rifle right at her.

All of a sudden, Landers shouted, "Valve's off! Fire the flare!"

Sierra could see the receding flow of fuel as she took aim and fired. The flare hit the end of the fuel stream and ignited causing a flame that went straight to, then quickly engulfed, Tall and Small's copter. It instantaneously burst into flames and spun rapidly out of control before crashing into the desert floor.

Landers glanced back at Sierra and gave her a thumbs up. Sierra just smiled and breathed a sigh of relief. Fifteen minutes later, they landed at Landers’s ranch in the desert.

"Wow, you're pretty isolated out here," Sierra noted, "you must like the desert."

Landers just smiled knowingly, "Lets just say after twenty years in the Navy, I've had enough of the ocean to last a lifetime."

Later over a couple of beers, Sierra told Landers about the map.

“So you gave the map to the Fed boys, huh?” Landers amusingly smiled, “But it’s all burned to a crisp in the crash now."

Sierra shrugged, "Well, yes and no. If the map I gave them did burn up great, but they may have dropped it off to someone else after they left me. Either way there was another document in Remington's safe. Another map. It looked so similar to the document I was supposed to steal, and at first I grabbed it, then I saw my intended target, but I held on to the other map and placed it in the pouch as well. That was actually the one I passed off to the Feds."

"What was that a map to?" Landers wondered.

"It was an older map," Sierra explained, "that listed all the probable sites where old ships could have sunk."

Landers just laughed, "So if the Feds do have the map and start to look for a new energy source to develop weapons, they may instead find some old sunken Spanish Galleons. That’s rich! I love it!"

Sierra pulled out the real map.

"What are you going to do with it?" Landers wondered.

"I'm going to destroy it!" Sierra replied.

"Tell you what," Landers said, "I've got an old paper shredder in the shed. Let’s shred it and we'll take the chopper and fly out over Sunset Lake, which is only a five minute flight away. Then you can drop the shredded pieces over the waters."

Sierra nodded in approval, "Sounds like an awesome plan to me."

After they had returned, Landers asked Sierra what her own plans were. Landers straight away noted that her face suddenly looked sad.

"I don't know.” Sierra pensively replied, “I'm thinking of heading up to Northern California. I’ve heard that my dad is now out of prison and lives up there somewhere. Maybe I'll look him up. I never really got to know him very well. In spite of what he tried to pull over on me, I don’t know why I even want to try and look him up.”

"Well," Landers consoled, "love ‘em or hate ‘em, family's all ya got. Maybe if you did find your father, you’d discover he had several reasons at the time why he tried to pull something over on you.”

“Yeah, maybe,” Sierra sighed.

“Tell you what,“ Landers excitedly said, “I have an old Jeep sitting behind the hangar. I've kept it running for years but don't drive it that much. You can have it, if you want."

Sierra was surprised by Landers offer.

"No, Fred," she replied, "I can't do that."

“Well,” Landers counter offered, “If you don't want me to give it to you, then I'll sell it to you for a dollar."

Sierra thought about that offer for just a second.

"It’s a deal!" she replied, as she reached into the pouch and pulled out one American Eagle gold coin worth a lot more than one dollar.

"How about you accept this as payment," she asked, as she handed Landers the coin.

"Where in the world did you get this?" he wondered, as he looked the coin carefully over.

"Oh," Sierra smiled, "Just a souvenir I picked up in my travels."

"Some souvenir," Landers humorously replied, "Okay! The Jeep is yours."

Sierra Connors laughed, as she finally decided she would head up north.

So as she finished her beer and watched the sun set below the desert horizon, she wondered what future adventures still awaited her. Either way, she knew one thing. Whatever did come along, it was gonna be fun.

The End.


Submitted: July 30, 2014

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I love Sierra! She's so cool, and funny. I hope this isnt the last we see of her. "The end" sounds so final :/ I hope in the make believe world of Sierra that she finds her father and that they start fresh with the beginnings of a fruitful father and daughter relationship ") I loved the copter dog fight scene. Your writing is so concise that I could picture the whole thing go down. Haha excuse the pun. I loved the way landers defeated tall and small. Very well thought out and very plausible Evie. Haha Sierra always the con artist. Giving away the other map to the feds. Yet another triumph my friend. I can't wait to read what you have up your sleeve next? Cheers Dino ")

Wed, July 30th, 2014 3:05am

Joseph Mark

That was a pretty nice ending. I look forward to reading more of Sierra's mis-adventures. Maybe she and her Dad could team up!

Wed, July 30th, 2014 11:49pm

Nikki Evans

A really action packed and great ending to a great story. I also hope to see more of Sierra. I love how confident and quick witted she is.

Wed, August 6th, 2014 3:04am

stranger in the corner

yes, this was very fun! I very much enjoyed this light hearted romp through government stupidity, corporate crassness, high society ignorance and the just plain fun of meeting a kindred soul! well done!

one thing though.... the way you have laid out the story there is room to make it longer should you choose to do so, and I as well as your other readers would love to see the story continue with her adventures heading north and beyond. this would make an excellent full length novel should you desire to make it one we would all love to read it!

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