Title - Down for the Count

Author - sholot

Disclaimer - anyone you recognize is not mine.

E/O Challenge word - collapse

AN - wee!chester teen!chester

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One step. Two. Three.

Then down like a cut puppet.

Small feet sped forward. He knelt and screamed.

"Dad! DAD!"

John sprinted around the trail bend.

"What happened?"

"Don't know. He just collapsed."

Strong hands checked pulse, breathing, temperature.

"Wake up, son."

Not a sound.

"Sam. Take point. Let's get outta here."

"Yes, sir."

Young hands confidently handled the gun as they left the woods.

"Ugh…"

"Back with us, ace?"

"…Dad?"

"Shoulda said you're sick."

"Sorry."

"Just rest. It'll be okay."

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