78 pages 2 hours read

Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2008

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Chapters 14-18Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 2: “The Eighties”

Chapter 14 Summary

In late 1985, Tully feels great after a live broadcast, so she keeps her walkie talkie, microphone, and earpiece on as “badges of honor” (167). On the way back to the office, Tully goes inside a 7-11 and realizes a masked gunman is robbing the store. Tully works to conceal her audio equipment and whispers that there is a gunman, hoping that Johnny will hear her. He does, and he tells Tully that they are calling 911, but she should turn her microphone up and the network will go live with her audio. As Tully whispers her reply, the gunman shoots her in the shoulder. She crawls away, tends to her wound, and tells Johnny that she wants to continue her broadcast. Tully describes the scene, then finds a seven-year-old and his grandfather and gets their accounts. After she reports that she sees flashing lights and that the gunman seems agitated, there is another shot, shattering the front window, and a SWAT team gets the robber on the ground. As Tully stands to go ask questions, she loses consciousness.

Kate arrives at the hospital, and Johnny tells her that Tully kept broadcasting. Kate yells at Johnny, saying that he loves Tully because she’ll go into danger when he won’t.

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