The Train: Episode 15

Michael stepped outside the factory into an alley, using the building’s shattered wall to shield himself while he watched the approaching Russian soldiers. Dr. Ricer, Nicole and Lucy stayed behind, hidden inside the building with the German civilians.

Michael’s immediate objective was to lead the soldiers away.

“How am I going to handle this?” he asked himself.

Within seconds, his training came back to him.

How to avoid a fight or outrun a pursuer:

Step 1: Remain calm.

Michael took a deep breath and focused on the goal at hand.

Step 2:  Be aware of surroundings.

Quickly scanning the area, Michael spotted a building across the street with a second floor and a large opening for easy access to the neighboring building.

Step 3: Distract or throw off attackers.

He glanced out and judged the distance between him and the soldiers. As they grew closer, Michael shouldered his bag and removed a smoke grenade.

“This should be enough,” he thought.

When he ran out into the street, a few of the Russians began shouting to alert the other soldiers.

Dodging their gunfire, Michael leapt through the hole in the building’s exterior wall and landed safely inside.

Step 4: Do not assume attackers have given up or stopped.

Michael knew better than to think the soldiers would let him so easily escape. Odds were he had very little time to carry out his plan. Quickly climbing up to a second floor balcony, he crouched down and waited. Once the soldiers had followed him into the building, Michael pulled the pin from the smoke grenade and tossed it down toward them. Smoke quickly filled the room and the soldiers began coughing as they struggled to escape.

Step 5: Run as soon as possible.

Michael raced back toward the hole in the wall and leapt through, landing on the second floor of the adjoining building.

“That should keep them busy,” Michael said with a satisfied smile as he hurried back to Dr. Ricer and the others.

 

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When Michael entered the factory, he proudly walked over to Dr. Ricer.

“Well that should do it. By the time they find our hiding place, we’ll be long gone.”

“Are you sure?” Nicole asked.

“No worries. This isn’t the first time I have had to lose someone,” Michael reassured her.

He noticed that Ricer seemed uncertain.

“Relax, Doc,” Michael assured him. “They won’t find us.”

Through the deathly silence came the loud sound of a dog barking.

Everyone turned to see Elliot’s dog Samuel.

“What now?” Michael asked.

“This isn’t going to work,” Ricer said.

“Why not?” Michael asked.

“You think they’ll find us?” Nicole added.

“No, but I think they’ll keep looking,” Ricer said.

“So? We’ll be long gone,” Michael reassured him.

“Don’t you understand? They won’t stop searching for us, so they won’t leave. They must leave the city when we do or they won’t make it out before the bombs drop,” Ricer explained.

Michael lowered his head and let out a sigh.

“What if we lead them out of town?” Nicole asked.

“That’s an idea, but it’s risky,” Michael said. “Not all of the civilians can move quickly, and if we split up, the soldiers might split up too.”

“Well what would you suggest?” Nicole asked testily.

Michael looked at her and said,

“Look, I’m not trying to be cocky or arrogant. It’s just that I have a lot of experience dodging people trying to kill me.”

“I can’t imagine why anyone would want to do that,” Nicole snapped sarcastically.

Michael opened his mouth to respond but was interrupted by Dr. Ricer.

“We have to do something in the little time we have left. You two can bicker like children later. You are not being productive.”

Michael turned away and looked out at the street, trying to think of an idea. Nicole took a deep breath and asked,

“What are we going to do?”

His head lowered, Michael suddenly looked up with a sparkle in his eyes.

“There’s only one thing I can think of that will work,” he said smiling.

“What is that?” Ricer asked.

“We’re going to let them kill us.”

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