He ran helter-skelter through the alleyway. Blue lights and sirens haunted the main streets, white faces in black uniforms hunting for him.
He hid behind a dumpster just before a car pulled up. The spotlight scanned the alley and, not landing on human form, moved on to the next alley.
The man sighed and opened his paper bag. Was it his? He’d stolen it from the liquor store, fair and square, but the police didn’t acknowledge his claim. He popped the top off the liquor and sipped down some of Satan’s nectar.
It was better not to remember why he needed the drink, at least as long as the bottle lasted.
This was written for the Sammi Cox Weekend Writing Prompt #91, “Helter-skelter.” I’d always known helter-skelter in its adverbial form due to the Don McClean song “American Pie:”
Helter-skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Which doesn’t really help you figure out much of the meaning from context in the first place. So, I kind-of had to look up this word before I could write it! Learn something new every day!