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She had climbed a rock wall several times during high school, but had never attempted an actual mountain. Also, this facade had no cracks or indentations to tuck fingers or toes into. There was nothing to push off of, or provide a resting spot or leverage. It was just a flat wall. If she had a rope or a sheet, she could have scaled the wall down. Although, there was nothing in the room to tie the rope around, so she would still be stranded. The only safe way out was the door. And even if she could get out that way, she had no idea who was waiting on the other side.
The fire continued to crackle, the smoke coming off ashy and black. Her lungs would soon be overwhelmed and unable to cope with the poison filling them. The man’s body was a lot of ammunition and would take a long time to burn off completely. The thought of throwing the body through the window crossed Ala’s mind. Surely, someone who lived in one of the twinkling houses would notice a large fireball tumbling down the mountain. However, since the body was engulfed, there was no way to lift it without her burning herself.
Also, throwing the man down the mountain would for sure qualify as first degree manslaughter. While Ala believed she was responsible for taking this man’s life, it had been an accident. She had built the fire because she had wanted to sound an alarm to make someone come open the door. She did not intend for him to burn to death, and at this point, to possibly be killing herself as well. If she ever did make it out and somehow Bruno, or the other accomplice, came forward and pressed charges, at least this really had been unplanned. This would also mean a judge would have to overlook the kidnapping and assault on Ala in the first place.
She should have removed the man’s wallet to try to find out about his identity. Was he a citizen? Where was he from? He could have a wife and children. He could be someone entirely different to the rest of the world than she had known. This job could have been a small part of his life. Even though his profession was unsavory and he appeared to be a dangerous human being, doing one thing differently could have saved his life. He could have avoided the fire and spared himself.
Her head pounded harder. Even though she feared falling asleep, she lowered herself to the ground. Why hadn’t Bruno just taken her from Emmanuel’s house? And how had he known she would be running on the beach that morning? If he had been following here for awhile, Danno could be in danger as well.
She could no longer see through the smoke, but her stomach contracted as she heard the weighted door click and then swing open.