Word Total: 120,006
Year to Date: 210,007
Summary of Events:
After having been checked over by a doctor just to be safe, Charlie wandered around getting contact information from people she wanted — and needed — to keep in contact with. Oakley got the stitches in his face removed before finding out that Sabrina had already left, and he suspected that she thought he was dead, but had no way of contacting her to let her know he was alright. Charlie reflected on all that happened post-escape . . .
Excerpt of the Day:
"As hard as it'd been to say goodbye to everyone — even though she knew it was by no means goodbye forever — she'd done it, and she'd gotten all the essential phone numbers, which she'd written down in her sketchbook so that she could wash them off her arm.
Now Charlie was sharing a hotel room with Mom in Denver while Dad stayed with the boys next door. They were scheduled to fly back to Cranbrook around noon tomorrow, then they'd get ready for what would probably be the most surreal Christmas of Charlie's life.
But then again, Charlie was pretty sure everything was going to feel surreal for awhile, far longer than the reality of being a hostage had felt the same.
She'd just been cooped up in a hotel because she'd happen to be there and seen things she never would've ever wanted to see, made unexpected friends, experienced horrible losses, done things she never would've thought she'd do, and now she was just supposed to go back to normal, everyday life?
It was almost inconceivable. How could she possibly feel normal after such an experience? She might eventually, but she was sure that she would remember far more of the experience than she wanted to, and she would remember it for far longer than she wanted to.
Glancing up at the TV — which Mom had on, but muted — Charlie read the closed captioning of what Mr. Rothwell was saying as a camera showed footage of all of them milling around outside earlier in the day.
It had been confirmed that Mr. Meyer had been found dead by a self-inflicted wound in her room — which made her glad they hadn't been allowed to go back into their own rooms — which meant there would be no charges.
Also revealed was that, although the kitchen staff had been alive and well, and had been able to be released by the escapees — apparently initiated by Dr. Reimann from what Charlie had heard before they'd left — all the other hotel staff had been found murdered in parts of the hotel where the hostages hadn't been allowed.
So, technically, Brogan hadn't been the first victim, he'd been more along the lines of the twenty fifth or something.
According to the news the hotel was going to be shut down for repairs and cleaning indefinitely, although there were questions as to whether the owners would even elect to reopen the place due to what had happened.
Charlie was pretty sure no one else would buy the hotel and remodel it, unless the owners had plans of demolishing the building and building a whole new hotel that looked nothing like the old one, just to make sure their guests weren't paranoid about sleeping in a room where someone had died, or laying on a bed a corpse had occupied.
For herself, Charlie wasn't sure if she'd be inclined to go back to that hotel again, it would be odd to return to a place that was once a prison for her."
Next post: February 28.