Bugout! California Part 69 – Court and Balcony


“Angel sees a place,” Kaitlyn said. “We’re going to the right. Pretty dead around here.”

“Dead is good at this point,” Seth said. “Yeah, look, he’s driving into that parking lot over there. Looks like an early 60s motel. Classic.”

“Good, the parking lot isn’t visible from the street,” Kaitlyn said. They parked next to each other.

“You really think I should stay in the car?” Seth asked.

“We were kinda messing with you about that,” Kaitlyn said, “but we’ve got the guns out here. We need to leave somebody to guard them.”

“We’ll have to sneak them into the rooms, too,” Seth said.

“Yeah,” Kaitlyn said. “We’ll try to get a place in the back.”

Seth pulled out his wallet and gave her a wad of cash.

“Wow, this is a lot,” she said.

“I cleaned out one of my bank accounts right before things got really nuts. I’ve got a bigger account if we need it. Seems like the banking system got back to normal.”

“Where’d you get so much money?”

“Inherited it from my mom,” he said. “And saved from my job, too.”

Angel and Megan came over.

“Hey, dude, you staying to watch the hardware?” Angel asked.

“Yep,” Seth said. “I gave Kaitlyn a wad of cash.”

“I’ve got plenty in my bank account,” Angel said.

“Pay cash,” Seth said. “We’ll settle up later. We don’t need transactions for this with any of our names on them.”

“They don’t know our names, do they?” Angel asked.

“We both disappeared, and the UN was checking for people who didn’t show for work, remember? We also don’t know what Emma and Matt said after they were captured.”

“Damn, dude, forgot about that noise,” Angel said. “Cash it is.”

“What about these vehicles?” Megan asked.

Seth chuckled. “These are Ji-Ho’s Jeeps. Who knows what name he’s got them under. That guy isn’t exactly legit.”

“Let’s go get the rooms,” Angel said.

“Yeah, I’m getting cold,” Kaitlyn said. “I just want to cuddle up in bed with my man.”

“That makes two of us,” Megan said.

“You guys go,” Seth said. “I’ll keep watch.”

Kaitlyn came over and kissed him, then turned and followed the others. Seth had his eyes glued to her until she was inside the office door, his heart beating faster. Then he looked around the small courtyard where they were parked. There was two stories, a walkway for the second story running in front of the doors. An opening at the back of the courtyard led to more parking and a swimming pool. It looked like most rooms were vacant. There were dim lights on in the room next to the office, and one lit room on the other side of the courtyard. What time is it? He looked at his phone. Not as late has he thought. Barely eleven. The office door opened, light flooding out into that end of the courtyard as Kaitlyn, Megan and Angel walked out.

“We’re in the back section,” Kaitlyn said as she slid in. “We told them we were newlyweds.”

Seth laughed. “How’d Angel take that?” He started the car.

“He looked a little embarrassed. They gave us rooms across the rear parking lot from each other.”

“Oh, really,” Seth said. “I expected to be next to them.”

“I expect to get loud,” she said, shooting him a wicked grin.

Seth couldn’t respond. He put the Jeep into reverse, grinding the gears. Kaitlyn laughed.

“What’s the matter?” she asked. “Something on your mind? You look a little pre-occupied.”

He glanced at her. “Having fun?”

“Yes, as a matter of fact,” Kaitlyn said. “Megan’s going to wear Angel out.”

“She said that?” Seth asked, smiling as he finished backing out.

“Whispered it to me when we were walking back to the car,” she said. “I think Angel heard her.”

“I suspect she did that on purpose,” Seth said. “What’s the room number?”

“It’s 183,” she said. “Go to the right. Angel and Megan are in 163, to the left.”

“Ground floor, huh?”

“Well, we thought that was better than lugging machine guns up the stairs,” Kaitlyn said, flashing him a smile again.

“You have a point,” he said. “Good, we can park right outside the door.” He pulled in, and saw Angel do the same on his side.

“This looks too symmetrical,” Kaitlyn said.

Seth laughed. “I’ll move it over after we’ve unloaded if you want.”

“I’ve got one suggestion.”


“Back in,” she said.

“Oh, you’re right. He backed out and k-turned, then pulled back into the space facing out. “Better to unload.”

“And better to leave in a hurry,” she whispered.

Seth shut off the engine. “Ready?”

“Yeah,” she said. “I’ll get the door opened.”

Seth nodded and got out, heading to the tailgate as Kaitlyn went to the door and unlocked it. He looked over at Angel, who waved as he helped Megan out of the car.

“Okay,” Kaitlyn said, pushing the door all the way open.

Seth took a look around, then grabbed the M60 and the AK-47 and rushed them inside. He went back for the ammo and the two hand guns, stashing them inside and then going back out to shut the tail gate. He saw Angel take his load inside, while Megan shut the tailgate. She waved to him, then went into the room and shut the door.

“They’re in okay,” Seth said, pulling the door shut.

“Put on the night lock,” Kaitlyn said from the bathroom. “I’m going to take a shower.”

“I could use one of those too,” he said.

“I know. You can get in after me.”

“Oh, we aren’t going to shower together?” he asked. “Darn.”

“No, that ruins the mystique,” she said. He heard the shower turn on, and then sat down on the bed, taking off his shoes. He felt incredibly tired all of a sudden. Battle fatigue, he thought to himself as he laid back, drifting off in seconds. He woke to Kaitlyn pulling on his ankle.

“Hey, sweetie, wake up,” she said. He opened his eyes. She was standing over him, towel wrapped tightly around her body, another towel wrapped around her hair.

“Hey,” he said. “Sorry, didn’t realize how tired I was.”

“Get up and shower,” she said. “Might as well keep the bed clean.”

“Okay.” He went into the bathroom, still misty from Kaitlyn’s shower, peeled off his clothes, and turned on the water. It was already warm, so he got right in, letting the hard flow wash away the sweat and the grime, remembering that they’d just showered earlier in the day, in a place that was now ruined. The memory shocked him awake. He raced through his shower, not wanting Kaitlyn to be out of his sight for more than a moment or two.

He dried off quickly, wrapped the towel around his waist, and rushed out, freezing in his tracks when he saw the door hanging open.

“Kaitlyn,” he said.

She appeared with the hairbrush, pulling the door closed as she entered, and tossing the car keys back on the dresser. “Sorry, forgot to bring this in. My hair will be a tangled mess if I don’t brush it out.”

“Oh.” He walked over to the door and put the night lock on, then looked out the window next to it for a moment. Quiet as a church.

“You got done in a hurry,” she said as she pulled the towel off her head. She looked in the mirror over the dresser and began to brush her thick black hair, water hitting the wood of the dresser. “Shoot, I’d better do this in the bathroom. I’m getting everything wet.”

“Mind if I watch you?” he asked.

“You okay?”

“Yeah, but I got nervous when I couldn’t see you.”

She chuckled. “Oh, great, and then I’ve got the door hanging open. Sorry.”

“It’s okay,” he said.

“What got you so nervous?”

“I remembered that we’d taken a shower earlier today, in a place that’s been destroyed,” he said. She froze.

“Crap. You’re right.”

“Sorry,” Seth said. “We’re miles away from there, and they don’t have a way to find us. We’ll probably be fine.”

“I know, but we’ll both be nervous for a while,” she said.

“You look pretty calm.”

“I’m with you, and we’re away from it all,” she said. “I know it won’t last long, but I’m going to enjoy it while I can. You coming?” She walked towards the bathroom.

He followed her, mind still reeling, trying to think of anything that might lead the enemy to them.

“You didn’t have to give names in the office, did you?”

She began brushing her hair again. “We gave phony names. Megan and I are sisters. We’re both newlyweds, like I said.”

“They didn’t question why I wasn’t there?”

“Nope,” Kaitlyn said. “The old lady in the office looked half-asleep. She’s tribal.”

“Why’d you bring that up?”

“So you’d know she’s not connected to the bad guys,” Kaitlyn said.

“Oh. Good.”

“You think you can leave me alone for a few minutes, so I can finish up?”

“Sure,” Seth said. “I’ll climb into bed. Maybe turn on the TV.”

“Okay, be there in a few minutes,” she said. “Hey.”

He stopped, looking back at her.

“I love you. It’s going to be okay. Don’t worry.”

“I won’t,” Seth said, knowing that wasn’t true. Clear your mind, he thought to himself as he picked up the TV remote. He switched it on, then dropped his towel and slid into bed. The sheets felt nice after sleeping who-knows-where for a while.

The local news was just ending, one of the late night comedy shows coming on. The host was heaping ridicule on Governor Nelson of Texas, making him out to be a poor-man’s Sam Houston, clamping down on non-whites in Texas. Seth angrily changed the channel, finding one of the celebrity gossip shows, turning the sound down to background-noise level.

“Hey, honey, want me to fill a water glass for you?” Kaitlyn asked.

“Yes,” Seth said. He felt nervous all of a sudden. Kaitlyn noticed when she came in.

“Something on TV bothering you?” She still had the towel wrapped tightly around her curvy form, putting her hand on the front as she bent down and set the glass of water down on his bedside table.

“Just butterflies,” he said. “This is the first time we’re in a real bed together.”

She chuckled, moving to her side of the bed. “You always sleep on the right?”

Seth laughed. “Hell, I don’t know. I haven’t lived with anybody before, so I never really gave it much thought. I’m flexible. At home my bedside table was on this side.”

“Well, I like the left,” she said.

“Should I turn off the light?”

“Do you want to?” she asked, standing before him. “You haven’t gotten a good look at me, you know.”

Seth groaned, feeling himself starting to respond. “Yes, I’d rather leave it on.”

“Good,” she said, undoing the towel, letting it drop slowly off her body, her soft curves coming into view.

“Oh, geez, you’re beautiful,” he said, eyes locked on her.

She pulled the covers all the way back, exposing him. “Yes, you like me all right.” She climbed onto the bed and pulled the covers back over them, moving towards him.

“I didn’t think women were visual the way that men are,” Seth said, his hand going onto her side as she cuddled against him. She was soft, a little on the cool side.

“Men don’t understand what women like,” Kaitlyn said. “You’re handsome and well built, but I already knew that. I need to warm a little bit. You mind?”

“I love it,” he said, pulling her closer, his hands roaming on her back.

“If I get any closer, I’ll be on top of you,” she whispered.

“Is that a problem?”

“No,” she said, moving over further, all the way on top of him now, her face against his, kissing him lightly. Their hands roamed all over each other, and then Seth kissed her on the mouth, tenderly but with passion that was rising fast.

“Oh, God,” she said, starting to move around on him, returning the kiss. “Tonight won’t be a marathon, but I need you. Now. I’m ready.”

“Yes,” Seth said, kissing her again as they joined.

“Oh, Seth,” she cried. “I love you so.”

Their passion rose to a fever pitch, but was over quickly, both of them crashing afterwards, not waking until it was light. Kaitlyn woke up first and turned towards him, watching him sleep, his expression almost angelic. He woke after a few minutes.

“Hey,” he said softly, eyes barely open. “Is it morning already?”

“It is,” she said, kissing him on the forehead. “I’m glad we got that over with.”

“Over with?” Seth asked, turning on his side towards her. “That didn’t sound very good.

She kissed him passionately, then broke and stared into his eyes. “Doesn’t it make you nervous the first time? Especially with somebody you really want?”

“Not sure what you mean.”

“Some people who are compatible mentally have problems physically,” she said. “You’ve never had that experience?”

“I’ve had it the other way around.”

“Men,” she said, smirking at him, coming in for another kiss, then studying his face with sharp intensity.

“You okay?” he asked. She didn’t say anything; she just petted the side of his face, looking serious, eyes locked on him.

“So, this is what it’s like,” she muttered.

“What are you saying? Do we work?”

“Oh, honey,” she said. “You’re kidding, right?”

“Well you haven’t said anything.”

“We’re perfect,” she said. “Won’t be able to keep our hands off each other. We need to discuss some things.”

“Like what?” he asked. “You’re so serious all of a sudden.”

“Timing,” she said.


“Kids, silly,” she said.

“Oh. Yeah, we’d better talk about that. I’ll need to get some protection.”

“Not today, though,” she said. “I should be safe for at least a week.”

“So, what should we do today?”

Kaitlyn’s phone dinged. “Text.” She rolled away from him and took it off the charger on her bedside table.


Kaitlyn snickered as she read. “Yeah. Wow.”


“Never mind. Girl talk.”

“Oh, brother,” Seth said. “We were talking about today, remember?”

“Do we have anywhere to be?”

“Not really,” Seth said.

“Good, then I suggest we stay in bed, except when we need to get food,” she said.

“Oh, really?” Seth asked.

“Yeah, I think we can keep each other plenty busy, and I doubt we’ll hear much from Megan and Angel.”

“Good, then come here,” Seth said, pulling her over, rolling on top of her. They kissed passionately, forgetting about the world for a little while, knowing in the back of their minds that their break would be over soon enough.

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