Something Gained, Something Lost
When the shots rang out, everyone hit the ground hard except Louise. Captain Hall could see by the bewilderment etched on her face that Louise had not grasped the immediate and lethal urgency of her situation. The empty brandy glass on the table directly ahead of her exploded, splaying shards of glass. Louise dove behind a large concrete flowerpot. Head first, she smacked hard against it.
Several minutes passed in silence. Footsteps slapped heavily on the walkway at the side of the house. Cautiously, Captain Hall, Inspector Collier and Pavel rose from their prone positions. Anatoli rushed past them toward the thickly foliaged knoll at the far end of the lawn and disappeared over its brim. Pavel followed. From a different direction, running, Sergeant Snowden arrived and hurried to attend Louise. “She’s unconscious!”
“Don’t move her!” Collier knelt beside her. “Sergeant! Quickly! Call an ambulance!”
“No Sergeant, you stay here, I’ll take care of it.” Captain Hall rushed into the house.
An hour later, Louise, still unconscious, was loaded into the back of the ambulance.
“Nasty concussion, I should think, nothing more. We’ll give her a thorough check up once she’s at the hospital.” The doctor climbed into the back of the ambulance.
“Do you mind if I ride along, doctor?”
“Not in the least, Inspector. Climb aboard.”
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