Prompt for January 25, 2015

Complete the short story / flash fiction, that has the following first paragraph:

The coughing subsided and he leaned back in his chair.  The tissue that had covered his mouth was covered in flecks of red.  More than before.  Much more.  He sighed and took a swig from the bottle that he always kept by his side.  The chalky texture wasn’t easy to swallow but he needed to buy his wife time and this was the only way to do it.  He’d known for a while that his time was running out, but he needed to make sure that Debbie and the kids had as much time as possible to get away.  The tunnel, built for just this purpose, collapsed behind them as they made their escape.  Now he just needed to keep the gang busy for as long as possible.

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