Running in the Dark is a collection of two short stories: the title story and a second tale called Being Batman. The total length is 5,000 words.
Running in the Dark
Don’t Slow Down…
He snatched you. Took you in plain sight during your evening jog. But you’re not going down without a fight. When the stakes are high, when the darkness closes in, when the footsteps behind get closer and closer, there’s only one thing left to do…keep running
He stood still as night in the black hoodie he used as armor. Don’t let them see you’re scared, he thought. Batman never shows he’s scared.
Most boys dream of being superheroes so they can fly, flaunt their superstrength against bullies, or turn invisible around girls.
Ash isn’t most boys.
He dreams of Batman for sheer survival. By age nine, he’s seen his parents die in a car accident, watched four foster homes come and go, and decided it’s safer to stay hidden behind masks. When trouble with a modern-day Batmobile lands him in yet another foster home, Ash begins to wonder if even superheroes are strong enough to renew his belief in love, family and heroes.
…Find out in Being Batman.
Soundings Review, Spring 2010 issue.
My short entry, Phoenixes, also appears in Nick Wilford's Overcoming Adversity anthology.